KUALA KUBU BARU - A student was killed while his three friends were injured in a car accident at Km414.1 of the North-South Expressway (northbound) yesterday morning.
Afifi Elmara Abdullah, 21, who was seated in the back seat, died on the spot in the 2am incident.
The driver, Mohd Firdaus Omar Baki, also 21, lost control of the car before it rammed into the road divider.
District police chief Superintendent Norel Azmi Yahaya said Afifi, Firdaus, Mohd Hazmi Kasturi and Mohd Hazim Sufian, both also 21, were on the way from Johor to their university in Seri Iskandar, Perak.
"It was raining heavily and Firdaus lost control of the car after hitting a pothole, causing the car to skid.
"Hazmi, Firdaus and Hazim received outpatient treatment at Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital. All of them are students at Universiti Teknologi Petronas."
Firdaus, when met at the district police headquarters, said the incident happened in the blink of an eye. "Afifi and Hazmi were seated in the rear."
"The back of the car hit the road divider when we skidded. The impact resulted in Afifi catapulting forward."
Afifi was buried at a Muslim cemetery in Parit Sulong, Batu Pahat, yesterday.
In Alor Gajah, a motorcyclist, who was thrown into the fast lane of the North-South Expressway after he was rammed by a car on the highway, was run over by more than 10 other cars.
The gruesome accident at Km216 of the expressway, near the Simpang Ampat exit, saw the body of Mohammed Nizam Abdullah, 39, being torn apart.
The 6.40am accident occurred as the victim was on his way to his workplace in Selangor.
It happened when a car failed to avoid the motorcyclist. Nizam and his machine were dragged for 200 metres on the road.
Other cars on the fast lane were unable to avoid the body which was flung onto the middle of the road.
A witness, Mohd Hafiz Mohd Karim, 27, said he saw cars running over the victim.
"I could hear the bones breaking like a dry branch of a tree."
He and a friend were heading towards Kuala Lumpur when he saw an object on the expressway.
"As I approached the object I noticed that it was a human lying on the road and I steered my car to the left, which sent it spinning 360 degrees."
In avoiding the victim, Hafiz crashed on the left side of the road before a Proton Waja crashed into his car.
"My friend and I jumped out and went behind the metal railing. Other cars then crashed into the Proton Waja which hit my car."
The accident caused a pile-up of five cars.
Alor Gajah district police chief Superintendent Umar Ali Shaifuddin Shaharuddin said Nizam's body was all over the highway and his men had the unpleasant task of picking each one of the parts and putting them into a body bag.
Nizam's remains was later buried at the Felda Bukit Senggeh Muslim Cemetery in Asahan, Jasin.