KUALA LUMPUR: The death toll in the Genting Highlands accident involving a van increased to seven after another victim, who was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment, succumbed to his injuries.
The accident near the 4.8 km mark of the Jalan Genting Highlands on Wednesday afternoon had already claimed six victims.
The spokesman for Pahang police chief Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said that the seven who died were Wong Choun Chiet van driver 49; Foong Ah Lan, 67; Lee Moy, 67 Goh Siew Kim, 61; Ang Meng Hing, 62; Seow Mee Tin, 72 and Chang Them Kong 70.
Ramli said initial investigations revealed 13 passengers in the van were heading to Penang from Genting Highlands when the van they were travelling in lost control and hit the concrete divider.
The driver and five others died at the scene due to the impact and another died while receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, he said.
He said six others who were injured were sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, while two others who were sent to the Bentong Hospital were later transferred to the Temerloh Hospital.
He said that anyone who witnessed the accident would be asked to go to the nearest police station to assist the police in investigations related to the accident.