NILAI: Three friends, on their way home after a reunion with old friends, were killed when their car was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle, on the North South Expressway near here, early yesterday morning.
Zulkarnain Adam 49, Mohd Sofee Mohd Tahir, 50 and Mohd Ghazali Abdul Majib 52 were killed on the spot when the BMW they were travelling in collided with a Renault Kangoo driven by a Dane at 277th kilometre stretch near the Nilai interchange at 4.45am.
The driver of the BMW, Zahari Abdullah 49 and the Dane who was not identified, have been admitted to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban where they were being treated for serious injuries.
The four friends were returning to Kuala Lumpur from Malacca when the accident happened.
State traffic police chief ASP Abd Halil Hamzah said Zahari could not avoid the car driven by the Dane as it was travelling against the traffic.
“Before that, the Dane was involved in another minor accident when his car collided with a Proton Waja. For reasons best known to him, he made an illegal U-turn and drove against the flow of traffic for several kilometres before colliding head on with the BMW,” he said. Abd Halil said Mohd Sofee and Mohd Ghazali suffered massive head injuries and died on the spot, while Zulkarnain died upon admission at the hospital.
Their remains were collected by family members after post-mortems were conducted.
He said police would detain the Dane for dangerous driving which resulted in the deaths of the three friends.
When met at the mortuary, Mohd Ghazali’s son, Taufek, 25, said he last met his father at their home in Teluk Gadung in Klang on Friday.
“I was asleep and my dad woke me up just to ask how I was.
“He had never done this before. We are going to miss him very much,” he said.
Taufek’s older sister Nurul Wahidda said Mohd Ghazali was a doting father.
“He would always want to know where we are and what we were doing. This came as a shock to our family,” she added.
THE STAR. IN MEMORY OF UNCLE SOFEE