Buses ferrying SEA Games squash players collide, some players hurt

 |Aug 21, 2017
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KUALA LUMPUR:

Two buses ferrying Myanmar, Philippine and Thai players for the SEA Games squash competition were involved in an accident yesterday.

In yesterday’s 7.50am incident, the two buses carrying 39 people – 17 athletes from Thailand, 10 from the Philippines, 12 from Myanmar and three sports officials from the three countries, were involved in a collision at Lebuhraya Seremban – Kuala Lumpur in front of Petronas nearby the exit to Terminal Bersepadu (TBS).

The buses had left the player’s hotel here and were on the way to the sporting venue at Bandar Sukan Kuala Lumpur.

City Traffic Investigation and Legal Affairs staff officer Deputy Supt Shafie Daud said the collision occurred at around 7.50am near the Sungai Besi toll plaza heading towards Kesas Highway.

He said one of the buses braked abruptly when a motorcycle swerved in front of it.

“The other bus travelling behind could not brake in time and rear-ended it,” he added.

The Malaysia Organising Committee (Masoc) expressed regret over the accident.

Masoc Sports and Technical Committee secretary Datuk Low Beng Choo said their medical committee had attended to the injured at the Games Medical Centre.

“We are relieved to learn that some of the athletes have been cleared to compete by their own team doctor after undergoing a medical examination.”

All matches were suspended yesterday morning while an urgent team managers’ meeting was held to revise the competition schedule.

The buses were registered under Syarikat Unic Leisure Transtour Sdn Bhd.