At least 37 killed in Genting accident


At least 37 killed in Genting accident

At least 37 killed in Genting accident

Thursday, August 22, 2013
  • Express bus accident at Genting Highlands
The winding and steep road going down Genting Highlands has its dangers.

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 37 people have been confirmed killed when a bus plunged into a deep ravine near the Genting Highlands resort on Wednesday afternoon.


According to the KL Hospital,16 others survived when the bus went down a 60-foot deep ravine about 3pm as the bus was travelling back into the city.





However, unconfirmed reports from various sources claimed the death toll is higher, some putting it to be more than 30.


Police have said the bus was carrying at least 45 people.


"We have taken out some injured people but we are unable to confirm how many were in the bus," said an officer with the rescue team.


Six of those who survived were in a critical condition while several others were reported to be stable.


Lines of rescuers clinging to an orange rope for support were seen pulling out injured victims from the mangled bus which was lying on its side in thick vegetation about 30 metres down from the road.


Amateur photos posted on the Internet also showed damage to the road's concrete embankment, suggesting the bus had managed to smash through the barrier.


Malaysian media had earlier reported that at least 15 people had been sent to hospital after the accident at around 3 pm on a steep and winding road.


Police have said the bus was part of a regular line that ferries visitors between the capital and the hill resort.


The flashy resort, whose bright lights can be seen from the city at night, is operated by Malaysian gaming firm Genting, one of the country's largest companies.


The resort includes the country's sole casino and has attracted more than 20 million visitors per year since 2011. It is currently undergoing a reportedly three billion ringgit ($900 million) refurbishment.


However, the steep and winding road leading up to the Genting Highlands is notoriously perilous.


Two Indian tourists died and 22 other people were hurt when their bus rammed into a divider and overturned in March 2012.


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