Malaysia Bus Crash Kills 26 Tourists

"(ITN)
A Malaysian tour bus carrying mostly Thai tourists hit a road divider and overturned near Malaysia's Cameron Highlands, killing at least 26 people.

The deputy police chief of Malaysia's northern Perak state said the driver lost control of the vehicle as it descended from Cameron Highlands, a popular hill resort in the northwest of Pahang state, about 124 miles from Kuala Lumpur.

Thirty-seven Thai tourists were on the bus, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from where the tourists were scheduled to fly back to Bangkok.

Zakaria said 22 of the victims died on the spot following the accident, which occurred at 11.40am while four others died on the way to hospital.

Another 11 injured were brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Malaysia has the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in Southeast Asia, with 23.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2009 according to a World Health Organisation study."