Drive safe – condolences to the friends and family of Yuki Chai

As reported in The Star on December 2, 2012

End of exams celebration turns into fatal tragedy

By IVAN LOH

Beyond repair: The wrecked Mercedes-Benz on the North-South Expressway near Gopeng.

IPOH: Her examinations were over, so a college student went out for supper to celebrate with her friends.

However, 21-year-old Yuki Chai of Tunku Abdul Rahman College was killed instantly when the Mercedes-Benz she was travelling in was rammed into by a bus on the North-South Expressway near Gopeng at 3.50am yesterday.

Chai was going home with four of her friends from Kampar when their car crashed into a divider on the right lane before being hit by the bus with 30 passengers on board.

When met at Fatimah Hospital, her friend Cheah Lok Shien, 20, said they had travelled to Ipoh for supper and to relax.

“On our way back, I was asleep on the back seat,” he said.

“I didn’t know what happened. All I can remember is that I woke up to being carried out from the wrecked car to the side of the road.

”I was still in a daze and only later did I realise that we had met with an accident,” Cheah said, adding that he sustained some cuts and bruises.

Another survivor, Ho Kwai Lan, 20, said the group started their trip at about 9pm.

“We just wanted to have some fun and to relax after our examinations,” said the second-year Business Management student, who was still looking disoriented.

Ho said she injured her spine.

“A doctor told me to wear a support vest to restrict movements that could aggravate my injuries.”

The two other friends were Lee Boon Leong, 21, and Liew Wai Keat, 20.

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