PH squash team involved in bus crash in KL; matches suspended


Report: Bus carrying SEA Games players caught in accident

The bus incident is the latest unfortunate episode for organisers of the SEA Games.

The Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) stated that matches involving not injured players will proceed as planned.

A Philippine official suffered leg injuries whilst two athletes pulled out of their contests with whiplash.

Datuk Low Beng Choo, the secretary general of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, announced that the women's injuries are not serious, but they are not well enough to play.

"The MASOC Medical Committee is attending to the medical situation; some of the affected athletes/officials are being attended to at the Games Medical Centre (GMC)".

Five members of the Philippine squash team, along with other athletes from Thailand and Myanmar, were involved in a bus crash on Monday morning, August 21. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us.

An emergency meeting had also been called to discuss a revised competition schedule.

The report said the bus was carrying squash players from Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand from their hotel in Putrajaya to a competition at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

He added that the accident is being investigated by the police and Road Transport Department for further action.

"There were two buses".

"The driver of the [following] bus which was transporting athletes and officials from Myanmar, moving behind the first bus, failed to brake in time and crashed into it", the police said. The accident happened at 7.50am near the Sungai Besi toll plaza as the buses were travelling towards the KESAS highway.

The accident happened when one of the buses braked suddenly to avoid a vehicle that cut into its lane, and was hit from behind by the second bus, the statement added. The bus at the back rear-ended it.

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