Two people died in a tragic accident that occurred at KM45.7 of the North-South Expressway (south-bound) near Sedenak, Johor on Saturday night, 15 October
According to Bernama, the crash that occurred at 7.47pm involved an Isuzu lorry, a Proton Wira, a Toyota Vios, and a Proton Preve.
Following the crash, the vehicles caught on fire, which required 18 personnel from the Renggam, Kulai, and Ayer Hitam fire and rescue departments to control.
The accident occurred at KM45.7 of the North-South Expressway on Saturday night, 15 October.
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Renggam Fire and Rescue Station operations commander Mohd Fauzi Nor said four others were able to escape unhurt or only with minor injuries
He said that the lorry was 70% burnt, and its driver and attendant, identified as S Suresh, 38, and Mok You Jian, 22, escaped unhurt.
However, the Proton Wira and Toyota Vios were 90% burnt in the crash.
“One of those killed was a passenger in the Proton Wira, identified as Nurul Nazihah Kamalul Arifin, 28, who was found pinned and burnt in the vehicle,” he said in a statement on Sunday, 16 October.
“The other burnt victim was [a passenger] found in the Toyota Vios, whose identity has yet to be ascertained.”
He added that the drivers of both vehicles escaped unhurt.
The Isuzu lorry involved in the crash was 70% burnt.
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One of the drivers, 28-year-old Redzuan Jamil, who was in the Proton Wira, managed to escape through his car’s rear passenger window.
However, he told reporters, that he and other members of the public could not save his wife in time.
Recalling the accident, Redzuan, who suffered burns on his face, said it started because of traffic congestion caused by another road accident near the scene.
“Suddenly, there was a huge impact from behind, before I realised that a five-tonne lorry had crashed into my car and two others,” he said when met at his home in Kota Tinggi, Johor, on Sunday.
“I tried to save my wife by breaking the front windshield and the front passenger door, but I couldn’t because she was pinned between the dashboard and her seat.”
Redzuan said his car’s fuel tank then suddenly exploded, and he was quickly hauled away by members of the public from the fire.
Redzuan Jamil (centre), when met at his home in Kota Tinggi, Johor, on Sunday, 16 October.
Image via Nur Aisyah Mazalan/Berita Harian
The distraught man said that his wife was still conscious when he tried to release her, but she told him to save himself first
“Awak keluar kereta dulu (You get out of the car first),” he said were her last words to him.
A heartbreaking video of the 28-year-old crying and calling for his wife in front of the burning wreckage went viral on social media after the tragedy.
Redzuan, who is a takaful insurance agent, said he and his wife have never been apart since they were married three years ago.
The couple were on their way to watch a JDT-Sabah FC football match at Stadium Sultan Ibrahim in Iskandar Puteri after he had just met a client in Kluang.
Footage of the tragic incident can be found below:
Disclaimer: This video may be distressing to some readers.