Rampaging bus incident: Special team set up to handle victims' insurance claims

Nor Azizah Mokhtar

KUALA LUMPUR: Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd (Rapid Bus) has set up a special team to handle the insurance claims filed by the victims involved in the rampaging bus incident here last night.

Rapid Bus chief executive officer Mohd Azam Omar said victims whose vehicles were damaged could submit their claims and relevant documents to suggest@rapidkl.com.my.

“Rapid Bus regrets the incident that happened (last night) and we are fully cooperating with the police and relevant authorities to investigate the incident,” he said in a statement today (Aug 17).

Mohd Azam also urged members of the public not to speculate over the incident, and to wait for police investigations to conclude.

He said the bus involved in the incident was in good condition, refuting claims that the vehicle suffered from a brake malfunction.

“Based on the police report lodged last night, the incident started when the bus was involved in a minor accident at Jalan Enggang AU2 in Taman Keramat.

The captain of the bus (driver) reportedly continued plying his route while being chased by a group of people.

“During the chase, the bus reportedly hit several vehicles along the road until the exit to Jalan Ampang at the MRR2 Expressway, where the driver was reportedly assaulted by several people,” he said.

Mohd Azam added that the driver is receiving treatment in hospital.

Earlier, RapidKL said it would compensate the owners of vehicles struck by the rampaging bus.

The company also apologised to the public over the incident.

Seven cars were damaged after they were rammed into by the runaway bus as its 32-year-old driver was fleeing a group of angry motorcyclists.

RapidKL chief executive officer Shamsul Rizal Mohd Yusof called on the affected vehicle owners to contact the company’s helpline at 03 7885 2585 for further action. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd