Seorang daripada 16 mangsa yang terselamat dalam nahas bas di KM3.5 Jalan Genting Highlands semalam memberitahu beliau berasa tidak keruan dan was-was ketika menaiki bas malang itu berikutan keadaan fizikal kenderaan yang uzur.
Dalam kemalangan tragis pukul 2.45 petang yang mengorbankan 37 nyawa itu, Nur Syamimi Ja'afar, 25, memberitahu beliau melihat keadaan fizikal bas tidak baik seperti tayarnya yang sudah haus dan bas usang.
Beliau yang patah tangan kiri dan mengalami kecederaan di muka dan tangan itu menceritakan hal berkenaan kepada teman lelakinya, Zaid Ismail, 25, yang melawatnya di Hospital Selayang malam tadi.
Zaid ketika ditemui Bernama berkata: "Selepas kejadian jatuh gaung, Nur Syamimi mencari adiknya, Nur Fathiah, 21, yang turut berada di dalam bas itu namun tercampak beberapa meter dari tempat duduk mereka.
"Nur Fathiah turut mengalami kecederaan ringan. Mereka kemudian merangkak keluar melalui tingkap yang pecah dan cuba membantu mangsa lain memandangkan mereka yang terawal sedar daripada kejadian itu.
"Mereka lihat ada mangsa yang pecah kepala, kecederaan serius selain melihat ada mangsa terperosok di bawah bas," kata Zaid.
Katanya Nur Syamimi memaklumkan kemalangan itu dengan menghubungi abang mereka yang dikenali sebagai Jeffrey sebelum diselamatkan pasukan mencari dan menyelamat dan dibawa ke Hospital Selayang.
Zaid bersyukur kedua-dua adik-beradik, yang bercuti di pusat peranginan itu, terselamat dan tidak mengalami kecederaan parah memandangkan ramai yang maut dalam kemalangan berkenaan.
Seorang lagi mangsa, Nurul Quraitul Aini Md Jali, 19, pula memberitahu hari ini adalah hari terakhir beliau bekerja sebagai pekerja bankuet sebuah hotel.
Kakaknya, Nur Aini berkata adiknya merupakan orang kelima yang dibawa keluar dan diselamatkan pasukan keselamatan.
"Ibu dan kami semua terkejut dengan kejadian itu dan kami bergegas datang ke hospital dari Melaka sebaik sahaja adik menghubungi kami.
"Kami gembira dan bersyukur dia selamat dan dapat melihat serta berbual dengannya tadi," katanya.
Sementara itu, seorang mangsa, Saidah Misbun, 19, sempat menghubungi ibunya yang berada di Perak sejurus kejadian.
Kakaknya, Sajidah Misbun, 21, memberitahu, panggilan adiknya itu terputus dan mereka semua bergegas ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur untuk melawatnya.
"Adik tidak sampai setahun kerja di Genting Highlands dan tidak sangka dia akan mengalami keadaan sebegini. Adik saya patah tulang rusuk belakang dan mungkin dihantar untuk pembedahan," kata Sajidah.-malaysiakini
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Driver had 'angry exchange' before crash...
As investigators work towards unearthing the cause of yesterday's bus tragedy at Genting Highlands, several accounts have emerged from survivors, with one alleging there had been an altercation between the bus driver and a taxi driver just prior to the crash.
"My two nephews saw the bus driver and a taxi driver exchanging what seemed like angry gestures at each other," claimed Mosammat Sirajum, a Malaysian permanent resident from Bangladesh.
"They also said the taxi driver tried to overtake the bus, and the bus driver stepped on the brake pedal," she said when met at the Selayang Hospital.
She said her nephews, aged 22 and 14, lost their father, aged 54, in the crash while their mother survived.
"This is the first time my cousin, a Canadian citizen, brought his family to Malaysia," she said.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Indonesian national Andri Purwadi told reporters that the bus was being driven at high speed.
Andri (left) also admitted that he was one of the five passengers who bought the RM7 ticket but were forced to stand as all the seats were taken.
The man, who had a toothache, took the 2pm bus to the city to see a dentist, while his friend Nur Firdil Gusman, 25, an Indonesian citizen, who worked as a cleaner in Genting Highlands, was also warded in Selayang hospital.
The driver was neither drunk nor sleepy, said Andri, who works as a cleaner.
He said he was in great pain when the bus hit the ground and they had waited approximately an hour before help arrived.
Andri broke his leg and will underdo surgery in the evening.
'She couldn't even help herself'
“My sister said the bus was going fast, a few people were spotted standing,” said Nuraini Md Jali, 21 (right), who told her sister’s story.
Her 19-year-old sister Nurul Quraitul Aini, who works as a part-time banquet waitress, suffered a semi-critical injury in the accident.
“She was conscious when the bus fell into the ravine. She heard people screaming and crying for help, but she said she couldn’t even help herself,” Nuraini (right) said.
“However, she does not blame anyone,” she said, adding that Nurul, who sat in the middle seat, didn’t know the cause of the accident.
“She is traumatised, she can’t sleep. She has injuries on the head, back and hands. The doctor will perform surgery on her infected hand,” she said.
Nurul’s friend, who broke her rib cage, also survived the fatal accident.
However, according to a Nanyang Siang Pau report today, relatives of the driver, Lim Kok Ho, rebutted claims he was speeding.
They said the allegation was not fair to the deceased, and does not rule out the possibility that the problem was caused by the bus itself, which Lim had allegedly lost control of.
Lim’s sister also reportedly said he had worked at the bus company for two months, making two trips to Genting Highlands daily.
Hence, she claimed he was familiar with the route and was stable when driving.
She was further quoted saying her brother maintained a regular lifestyle and often slept early, ruling out speculation he had fallen asleep at the wheel.-malaysiakini