Six die in car crash

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 18, 2013): A British expatriate and five foreign women in a luxury sports car died when the vehicle crashed into a concrete pillar before bursting into flames along Jalan Kampung Pandan past midnight today.

Simon John Hall, a 40-year-old manager of an offshore company who was the driver, is believed to have lost control of his vehicle before it crashed into the pillar under a flyover near the Kampung Pandan roundabout at about 12.45am.

The passengers were identified as Ester Sui, 26, Pi Pi, 20, both Myanmar refugees under the UNHCR; Filipinas Siso Aileen, 30, Maileen Montejo, 26, and Mary Grace Macaraig, 24.

Except for Siso, who was a domestic maid, the remaining four women were workers at a pub at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Witnesses told police that the fire spread rapidly making it difficult for anyone to rescue the victims.

Police believe the victims were either dead or unconscious when fire razed the car as they did not respond to calls from those at the scene who tried to help.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Hamid Daud said 13 firemen arrived in 10 minutes and put out the flames.

He said the remains of the victims, who were burnt beyond recognition, were sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary. They were only identified by police at about 4pm today.

Police are trying to ascertain the cause of the crash.