A 49-year-old ambulance driver in Terengganu faced his worst nightmare when he recognised the victim of an accident while responding to an emergency call
The Sungai Tong Health Clinic ambulance driver, Mohd Taqwa Ismail, was informed of an accident in front of a palm oil factory at KM38 of Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kota Baru at about 4.30pm on Sunday, 6 November.
He was called to pick up the victim’s body and transport it to Setiu Hospital.
Unfortunately, when the responder arrived at the scene, he recognised the motorcycle that was involved in the accident.
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He found out, then and there, that his 21-year-old son Muhammad Aiman was involved in a fatal crash with a lorry
“In the 21 years I have worked as an ambulance driver, that was the first time I had been faced with a situation involving a family member. Only Allah knows the sorrow I felt at the time,” said Taqwa on Monday, 7 November, as quoted by New Straits Times.
The father told reporters that his son had just started working in the landscape unit of Kuala Terengganu’s Islamic heritage park, Taman Tamadun Islam, for five months, and must have been on the way home.
“Usually, Aiman would bring food to work, but yesterday (6 November) he said he wanted to have dinner at home,” said the distraught father.
Taqwa described Aiman, his second oldest out of five children, as someone who was quiet but popular with friends. The deceased was buried at the FELDA Belara Muslim cemetery at 11.30am on Monday, 7 November.
Taman Tamadun Islam in Kuala Terengganu.
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Setiu police chief Deputy Supt Afandi Hussin said Aiman died at the scene of the crash from injuries to his head
He said the victim was on his way home to Sungai Tong from Kuala Nerus when the crash occurred.
“Aiman, who was riding a Honda EX5, was said to have tried to overtake another vehicle and crashed into the lorry which was coming from the opposite direction,” said Afandi, adding that the driver of the lorry was not injured in the incident.
The police are investigating the case under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.