Eight UMT students, staff, injured when their van crashes into buffalo

Zarina Abdullah

DUNGUN: Eight students and staff of University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in Gong Badak had a close brush with death when the van they were travelling in rammed a buffalo near the Paka R&R (rest and relaxation stop) at Km336.9 of the East Coast Highway 2, last night.

District police chief Superintendent Ahmad Zailani Yaacub said the impact of the crash caused the Nissan Urvan to skid, spin, overturn and land in a drain along the roadside in the 9.50pm incident.

Zailani said a team of policemen was rushed to the scene soon after being alerted by the public.

He said three people who were injured – the driver, Jaafar Mamat, 55, of Kubang Badak, who injured his chest and a leg; student Nuraini Omar Radzi, 22, of Klang, Selangor, who broke her right leg; and UMT staff Zulizah Ochi, 22, of Miri, Sarawak, who suffered chest injuries – were taken to the Dungun Hospital.

Zailani said five other students, aged between 21 and 29, escaped with light injuries and received outpatient treatment at the same hospital.

"The case is being investigated under Section 43 (1)(A) of the Road and Transport Act 1987," he said today.

Meanwhile, a source from UMT said the group was returning to the university from a trip to Negri Sembilan.