JOHOR BARU: Eight people, including a boy, were injured yesterday afternoon in a five-vehicle stack-up at KM19 Jalan Endau-Mersing, near Mersing.
Mersing District Police Chief Supt Cyril Edward Nuing said the accident at 6.45 pm consisted of 16 victims between the ages of five and 55 who were traveling in a Perodua Alza, Naza Citra, Perodua Kancil, a truck with fish, as well as a Toyota Camry .
He said the accident occurred when the Perodua Alza suddenly slipped with his six relatives, including the boy, and took the opposite lane.
"This caused the Perodua Alza to travel from Endau to Mersing city to collide with a Naza Citra and with a Perodua Kancil who was behind the Naza Citra.
"The Perodua Kancil then turned and collided with a Toyota Camry behind it, while the Perodua Alza that collided with its original lane now collided with a truck carrying fish," he said in a statement here today.
He said that a Proton Saga and a Proton Satria traveling from Endau in the direction of Mersing tried to prevent a collision after seeing the accident, but slid to the left lane.
However, both vehicles did not collide with each other and the five vehicles in the previous accident, he said.
"Unlike the boy who suffered hip injuries, others who were injured were the driver and a passenger in the Perodua Alza, the driver of the Naza Citra, the driver and three passengers in the Perodua Kanci," he said.
All victims were taken to the Mersing hospital for treatment and the case was investigated in the context of the 1959 traffic rules for careless driving leading to an accident. – Bernama