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Family Of Four Perished In Fatal NSE Accident, Trailer Driver Nodded Off At The Wheel

Family Of Four Perished In Fatal NSE Accident, Trailer Driver Nodded Off At The Wheel

The trailer crashed into a family’s Proton Persona and five other vehicles.

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A trailer rammed into a Proton Persona and five other vehicles at KM277.1 of the North-South Expressway (southbound) near Ipoh, Perak, yesterday around 3pm and killed four people.

According to New Straits Times, the impact caused the trailer and Proton Persona to plough into the other vehicles.

Three passengers and the driver of the Proton Persona were pinned to their seats. Unfortunately, they were all pronounced dead at the scene by a medical team.

The deceased are identified as Rahim Ramli, 60, who’s a retired policeman; his wife Siti Petimah Omar, 59; and their two daughters Nor Hadirah, 28, and Nor Hamizah, 27.

They were on their way to Kuala Lumpur from Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Investigations revealed that the 34-year-old trailer driver fell asleep behind the wheel. He also tested negative for drugs in a urine test.

Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the suspect, who hails from Rawang, Selangor, has 13 traffic summons from 2018 to 2021 with three of them involving road accident cases in 2012, 2020 and 2021.

The suspect has been detained and the case is investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1957 for causing death by reckless driving.

According to a police statement, the other vehicles involved in the accident were damaged but no one was hurt.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the investigating officer Inspector Mohd Tarmini bin Che Hassan at 013-5949441.

The family of four has been buried

The remains of the family of four left the Forensic Department of the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) in Ipoh at about 11.30pm last night and arrived at the mosque two hours later, New Straits Times reported.

Muhammad Hazman Rahim, 20, the youngest child of the family that perished in the accident, was beyond words when he received the devastating news from his sister, Nor Fatini, 22.

He is currently undergoing industrial training in a company in Perlis.

I was at work at that time and my sister (Nor Fatini) called me crying, saying dad, mum and my sisters were no more (died). It was only yesterday that I ‘salam’, kissed my dad and mum’s hands before returning to Perlis, and told them I would be back again to meet them. Both of them were smiling. Today, they are gone forever and I don’t know what to say.

Muhammad Hazman Rahim, the youngest child of the family.

Hazman added that he didn’t expect his family to leave in such a shocking manner. He said his family was on their way to send his eldest sister, Nor Hadirah, to Kuala Lumpur to report for work after a long break.

He said it was normal for their dad to send his sister to Kuala Lumpur. She returned home when the company closed and the family was sending her back to work when they were caught in a grisly accident.

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