x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Malaysia's worst-ever road accident kills 37

Bus veers off a swerving road and plunges down a steep 70-metre slope in the Genting Highlands, famed as a gambling and entertainment resort, about an hour's drive from the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR // At least 37 people were killed yesterday when a bus tumbled into a deep ravine in Malaysia's worst-ever road accident.

With 16 passengers injured, and hospitals reporting some of them were in critical condition, the death toll could rise.

Authorities said the bus was carrying 53 passengers when it veered off a swerving road and plunged down a steep 70-metre slope in the Genting Highlands, famed as a gambling and entertainment resort, about an hour's drive from the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

"Thirty-seven are dead, 13 women and 24 men," said Christopher Chong, a fire service official. The bus was travelling downhill when the driver apparently lost control on a bend in the road, he added.

Most of the passengers were believed to be Malaysians, but staff at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur said the injured taken there also included a Thai man and Bangladeshi man.

The bus came to a rest lying on its side in thick vegetation.

Lines of rescuers clinging to an orange rope were seen pulling injured victims out of the bus shortly after the accident, which happened at about 3pm.

The rugged terrain forced rescuers to rig an improvised pulley system to raise the bodies and injured victims in a time-consuming recovery operation, according to media reports.