Saturday, June 8, 2013

Heart patient among 3 hurt in ambulance accident

A heart patient was among three people who were hurt when the ambulance they were in overturned at Bakri here today after being hit by a car.

Muar acting police chief Supt Shahadan Jaafar who confirmed the incident said investigations were being carried out to determine the cause of the accident.

In the incident at 9.45am, the ambulance driver and a medical assistant were ferrying the patient in his 50s from the Putra Specialist Hospital in Batu Pahat to the Putra Specialist Hospital in Malacca.

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The ambulance overturned when its two rear tyres burst after a Toyota Camry car, which was travelling from Muar to Bakri, rammed into it at the Jalan Pintas-Jalan Bakri traffic light junction.

The victims were rescued by Abdullah Sariman, 76, who witnessed the incident, and his son-in-law, Salihin Jaafar, 37, and other road users.

"I heard a loud sound and saw the ambulance overturn with its siren still blaring," said Abdullah, adding that they had to prise the vehicle door open to extricate the victims who were then rushed to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here by a Civil Defence Department vehicle.

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