Sunday, December 13, 2009

fuel tanker tragedy

I went back to my hometown in Jelebu, N9 yesterday to celebrate birthday ..
On the way there, my dad and I saw an accident scene.
Firstly, I saw a tall coconut tree, burnt..
Something creepy about the tree.. > <
So, my dad and I was curious what happened..
He slowed down the car and we took a good look at what happened at that place
The land was all black and burnt..
There was a burnt vehicle in the middle of the burnt house..
Then, today, my mum told me there was a fuel tanker that drove too fast
and lost control over the vehicle, and crashed on the house near the corner side of the road.
This is the article from TheStar today:

Sunday December 13, 2009

Fuel tanker ploughs into house, killing driver and two siblings


SEREMBAN: A widow, who had to leave her two young children behind to attend a course, will regret not taking them along for the rest of her life.

Minutes after Mariani Cembeng, 45, left her home at Kg Batu Ulu Klawang at 8.40am yesterday, a tanker carrying some 32,000 litres of fuel ploughed into her house beside the Seremban - Kuala Klawang road and burst into flames, killing the siblings and the driver.

The children - Anisah Hanapiah, 15, and her brother Mohd Hafiz, seven - were killed on the spot. Their charred bodies were found at 10.20am by firemen, huddled in what used to be the living room of their house, which was razed to the ground.

Destroyed: Firemen struggling to put out the fire from the oil tanker which ploughed into a house in Kg Batu Ulu Klawang yesterday. — Bernama

Driver Samsulkahar Bahudin, 36, from Malacca, crawled out of the burning vehicle with 60% burns on his body but collapsed and died.

It is believed that he had been negotiating a sharp bend along the notorious Bukit Tangga stretch towards a Petronas station in Kuala Klawang when he lost control of the tanker, causing it to plunge into the house located four metres below in a valley.

Villagers reported hearing at least two explosions following the crash.

The accident scene resembled a war zone, with the inferno from the blaze even engulfing several 10m tall coconut trees nearby.

It is understood that this was the second time a heavy vehicle had been involved in an accident at the same spot. A tanker filled with latex had overturned just outside Mariani’s house five months ago.

Razed: Both the house and tanker were totally destroyed in the horrific incident.

Jelebu Fire and Rescue chief Adzhar Che Onn said preliminary investigations showed that the tanker might have been speeding and that it had also struck a Mercedes-Benz parked at the road shoulder along the stretch.

He said although firemen managed to douse the fire within 90 minutes, they continued to spray water onto the site due to the strong petrol smell in the air.

When met later, Mariani, who had rushed home on hearing the news, said she could feel her heart beating fast when she saw fire engines, ambulances and police cars overtaking her vehicle.

“All I could think of was my children. I was shocked to see my house burning.

“I rushed towards it but the firemen stopped me,” she said, adding that her two younger children had been close and always looked out for each other.

“I can’t say anything more. I accept this as God’s will,” she said in between sobs.

Mariani, whose husband died two years ago, has two other children.

In a statement, Petronas Dagangan Bhd said it would take necessary action against the fleet operator involved in the incident.

“The authorities and representatives of Petronas Dagangan and the third-party fleet operator, which transports its products, were there to carry out mitigation action and investigate the cause of the accident,” it said, expressing its regrets and condolences to the family of the victims.


Really scary.
Hard to imagine the burnt land that I saw contained the dead bodies of 3 human.
Oh well, life is short :(

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