UPDATE: The driver is believed to have fallen asleep as the cause of the fatal accident of a 4WD and lorry.

By Aida Aziz
Photo Police

TANJUNG MALIM: An accident involving a four-wheel drive vehicle (4WD) and a lorry loaded with motorcycles killed a man early this morning at kilometer 383.1 of the Utara Selatan Highway, heading north, believed to be due to the driver of the 4WD falling asleep.

Muallim District Police Chief, Superintendent Mohd Hasni Mohd Nasir said the deceased, the 4WD driver, was identified as Muhamad Azwan Roslan, 29, whose address was at Batu 27, Jenderam Hulu, Selangor.

He said the victim who was riding in a Mitsubishi Triton type vehicle with two other men was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

“The police received information regarding an accident involving a 4WD with an Isuzu type lorry carrying a load of 44 motorcycles at 4.50 this morning.

“It is understood that when arriving at the scene of the incident, the driver of the 4WD hit the rear of the lorry parked on the side of the road.

“As a result of the violation, the 4WD driver and the front passenger, namely Abdul Mutalib Abdul Rahman, 34, were trapped,” he said in a statement here today.

Mohd Hasni further said that following the accident, the driver died at the scene while Abdul Mutalib broke his left arm and another passenger in the back, Muhammad Sazrul Nizam Muzamil, 29, was injured in the head as well as a broken rib and right leg.

“The cause of the accident is because the 4WD driver is believed to have fallen asleep and kept hitting the back of the lorry,” he added.

Therefore, he said the post-mortem will be carried out after the COVID-19 test is done and the two injured victims were taken to Slim River Hospital for follow-up treatment.

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