Thursday, November 24, 2011

Car crashes into row of houses

The abandoned car just after the incident early yesterday. - Pic by Ramdzan Masiam
GEORGE TOWN: FIVE people, including a 4-month-old baby, cheated death when the driver of a car lost control and rammed his car  into a row of five pre-war double-storey houses in Jalan Kedah here yesterday morning.

The driver had earlier collided head-on with another vehicle as he was turning into  Jalan Kedah.

The crash caused the car  to spin out of control before it knocked several lamp posts and crashed into the front portion of the houses.

Of the five premises, three were residential, while two were business outlets.

An Indonesian worker, Heni, 28, who was sleeping upstairs in one of the houses, sustained light injuries on her ankle when the wooden floor collapsed during the 3am incident.

"There was a loud crash and then I found myself buried underneath a pile of rubble on the ground.

"I managed to free myself with the help of my room mate," Heni said when met at the scene.

The other four residents, including the baby, who were asleep at the back portion of the houses, also escaped unscathed.

Lee Wei Heen, 58, said he heard a loud thud and saw that the front facade had collapsed.

"I alerted my wife to carry my four-month old grandson to safety.    We left shortly afterwards, fearing the building will fall due to the impact from the collision."

He said the driver of the car fled the scene.

Northeast district deputy police chief Superintendent Ahmad Bakhtiar Kassim said the driver surrendered to the police later.

He said the driver, in his 30s, tested negative for alcohol and drugs.Ahmad said  the driver of the other car was unhurt. - NST

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