Wednesday, February 19

17 deaths reported on fifth day of Ops Sikap

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KUALA LUMPUR:Seventeen deaths were reported on the fifth day yesterday of the Ops Sikap 24 exercise to reduce road accidents during the Aidilfitri festive period, according to police.

The Bukit Aman police website reported that 11 of the dead were motorcyclists, three were motorists and three, pedestrians.

The number of deaths was less than the 24 reported the previous day.

According to the report, the 17 deaths occurred in seven fatal accidents on federal roads, six on municipal roads and one each on state roads and other roads.

It said 9,108 summonses were issued to traffic offenders on Saturday. Ops Sikap 24 will end on Sept 6.

Meanwhile, in Ipoh, two women were killed after they were ramped by a van in an accident at Km202 south-bound of the North-South Expressway near Kerian early today, police said.

Kerian police chief Supt Mat Fauzi Nayan identified them as Noorzaihan Ishak, 28, and her sister-in-law Nurhasyimah Halim, 20.

He said they were in a Proton Satria car driven by Noorzaihan’s husband which crashed onto the metal divider of the road after the driver tried to avoid hitting a speeding car overtaking them at 12.08 am.

The three of them got out of their car to get off the highway but the two women were hit by a van and died on the spot, he said, adding that Noorzaihan’s husband managed to dash to the road shoulder.

The bodies of the women were sent to the Bagan Serai Hospital.

Mat Fauzi said the trio were travelling from Kedah to the home of Noorzaihan’s husband in Batu Caves, Selangor, to celebrate Aidilfitri.

The driver of the van and three passengers, who were Thai nationals, were slightly injured, he added. — Bernama