KULAI: Four in a family and a child, who was their neighbour, were killed in a horrific pile-up involving two lorries and a car at Km32 of the Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam trunk road near here yesterday.
Also badly injured in the accident were another two children in the family.
Those killed were Zakaria Marjone, 40, his wife, Hawa Kassim, 40, their children Nor Fatin Nadia Zakaria, 13, and Mohd Amirul Fahmi Zakaria, 10, as well as their neighbour's son, Awaludin Norisham, 1.
Zakaria's children who were injured were Mohd Aidil Hakim Zakaria, 16, and Mohd Faris Zakaria, 8.
Kulaijaya district police chief Superintendent Zulkefli Yahya said the accident happened at the Pekan Kelapa Sawit traffic light junction at 2pm.
The family was on their way to Air Hitam.
Zakaria stopped the car behind a lorry at the traffic light. At that moment, a 10-wheel trailer lorry, coming from behind the car, failed to stop and rammed into it.
The impact crushed the car and pinned it between both lorries. It took rescuers almost an hour to extricate the victims from the wreckage of the car.
The victims were rushed to hospital but it was believed that two of them had died at the scene while the others died while being treated.
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