Four teenage girls were killed when the multi-purpose vehicle they were travelling in crashed through a roadside barrier and rolled down a 90-metre high hillslope along the Johor Baharu-Mersing Road at Kota Tinggi, Saturday.
They have been identified as Ng Sin Yun, 17, of Jalan Kelu Ramu, Kota Kecil; Winnie Ng, 18, of Jalan Moi Hiang, Kota Kecil; Tey Jia Xin, 17, of Kampung Lukut Cina and Ching Hui Sean, 18, of Kota Tinggi town. Victor Ng Wee Tai, 17, the boy who drove the Toyota Innova, and an unidentified teenage girl were injured in the accident which happened at Km33.7 of the road at about 5.30 pm.
Victor Ng was treated at Kota Tinggi Hospital and then transferred to a private hospital here while the girl remains at Kota Tinggi Hospital.
The MPV swerved away from the road at a bend and crashed through the roadside barrier, hit a signboard and then rolled down the hillside.
Tee Heng Chong, 17, a friend, said the six friends, all of whom had sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination recently at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Bandar Kota Tinggi, were returning to Kota Tinggi after a visit to an education and career exhibition at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor Baharu.
“We had gone there in a group, and the six of them had travelled in the Innova while the rest of us went in a bus,” he said at Kota Tinggi Hospital.
Kota Tinggi District Police chief Supt Che Mahazan Che Aik urged members of the public who had information on the accident to contact the Johor police at 07-2212 999 or any police station.