A 65-year-old man was killed in an accident involving two vehicles at Km45, Jalan Ipoh-Taiping, near here today. (Photo courtesy of Fire and Rescue Department)

KUALA KANGSAR: A 65-year-old man was killed in an accident involving two vehicles at Km45, Jalan Ipoh-Taiping, near here today.

In the 12.45pm incident, Isuzu lorry driver, S. Murugesu, 36, from Kampung Tawas, Ipoh, escaped unhurt while Perodua Kancil driver, Kamaruddin Maat from Chemor, died on the scene.

Kuala Kangsar police station traffic department investigation officer Inspector Teo Wei Yap said the accident occurred when both vehicles collided head-on.

“Our preliminary investigation found that the lorry was from Kuala Kangsar heading towards Ipoh.

“When the lorry driver arrived at the location, he claimed that the Perodua Kancil, which was coming from the opposite direction, suddenly veered into his lane without signalling. The lorry driver failed to avoid the car, causing his vehicle to hit the car. It is believed that Kamaruddin had dozed off behind the wheel.

“The impact of the collision caused severe damage to the front of both vehicles,” he said when contacted.

Kamaruddin’s remains were brought to Hospital Kuala Kangsar for a post-mortem and his family has been informed, he said. The lorry driver was not injury.

“The lorry driver was released on police bail after his statement was recorded,” he added.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) Road Transport Act 1987.

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