Dzulkefly: Fatal Ambulance Crash Still Under Police Probe

The health minister declined to confirm if the Hospital Slim River ambulance had used retreaded tyres.

PUTRAJAYA, August 8 — A fatal accident involving a Hospital Slim River ambulance is still under police investigation, Dzulkefly Ahmad said, declining to confirm if the vehicle used retreaded tyres.

“The case is under police investigation,” the health minister told reporters after launching Prudential’s health app, Pulse, here today.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah previous told CodeBlue that the tyres of the Hospital Slim River ambulance were well maintained and serviced, despite images on Facebook showing an apparently retreaded right rear tyre, the same wheel that police said had burst and caused the vehicle to skid and crash, killing two people.

A woman purported on Facebook Monday that a man, who claimed to be a friend of the ambulance driver, told a radio station that the accident was allegedly caused by “negligence” and poor maintenance of the Perak Ministry of Health hospital ambulance’s tyres. 

Two people were killed — a patient named Azizah Dolah and Mohd Hafidz Mohd Bahari, the ambulance driver — and three others injured in last Sunday’s crash at KM 368.3 of the North South Expressway near Slim River, while the ambulance was carrying Azizah from Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh to Hospital Slim River. 

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