Police are working to track down the driver of a pickup truck suspected to be involved in a hit-and-run accident at the Latar Highway this morning. The truck is believed to have ploughed into members of the Malaysian para cycling team, who were training for the upcoming Asean Para Games. Kuala Selangor district police chief Superintendent Ruslan Abdullah said investigators have been dispatched to scrutinise CCTV recordings at surrounding areas and nearby toll plazas to track down the driver of the black Toyota Hilux, who fled the scene in the 10.45am incident.
He said initial investigation showed that the accident at KM12.6 of the Latar Highway (eastbound), which left four cyclists and a coach injured, happened near the exit to Bandar Tasik Puteri there. “The athletes were riding in the middle lane upon approaching the Bandar Tasik Puteri exit, as they were heading towards Rawang from Ijok. Investigation revealed that the accident was caused when the Hilux driver was changing lanes to enter the exit. The collision caused four National Sports Council athletes and an official, who was escorting them on a motorcycle, to sustain serious injuries. The victims were sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital by ambulance,” he said in a statement. Ruslan said the victims, according to initial report received, were identified as Khairul Nizam, Nursyafik, Khairul Azwan, Mohd Ridzuan, and Johari Mohd Nayan.