Three killed, two hurt, in Kedah taxi-SUV crash


BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Three people were killed and two others, including a border policeman, were injured in a collision between a taxi and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) at Km69 of the North-South Expressway, near the CTC restaurant rest area here, yesterday.

The 3pm incident occurred when the Bukit Kayu Hitam Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) officer, who was driving a Toyota Fortuner from Alor Star, rammed into the taxi, which was making an illegal U-turn.

"The (officer) could not stop in time when the taxi driver, who was coming from the opposite direction, suddenly decided to turn right towards the restaurant rest area," said

Kedah Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Division chief Supt, Zahari Mohamed.

The taxi driver, A. Krishnan, 64; his front passenger, S. Ravi, 52; and back seat passenger, T. Krishnan, 56, died at the scene.

A third passenger, Mohd Naufal Jari Ravi, 52, and the police officer, Mohd Nadzeri Jasin, 52, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the Jitra Hospital.

Kedah Aksem commander Abd Latif Abd Rahman said Nadzeri, who was driving the department's vehicle, was on his way to the Bukit Kayu Hitam Aksem CIQ Complex.

"The vehicle had just been sent for service in Changlun, and the driver was on his way to return the car to the complex," he said. -- BERNAMA