KUALA LUMPUR - SEVEN people were killed and 39 others injured in a bus accident at Genting Sempah.

The accident, which happened at 7.50pm on Friday, involved a group from the 4B Youth Movement, Kampung Siong, Kedah, said Selangor traffic chief Supt Che Hussein Omar.

'Seventeen were seriously injured while the remaining 22 suffered minor injuries,' he said. 'Two people were thrown out from the bus.' He added police were investigating the driver for reckless driving.

The group of 44 had chartered an express bus from Baling for the trip. It is learnt that the bus driver lost control of the vehicle before it hit the road divider and overturned several times at KM38 of Jalan Genting Sempah, some 300m from the Karak Highway.

At press time, the dead were identified as Muhammad Amirul Mohamad, 13, Muhamad Khairy Muhammad, 16, Mohd Firdaus Rosedi, 16, Mohamad Yussuf Akhif, 16, Mohd Ridzuan Husin, 17 and Mohd Fahmi Mustafa, 17.

The co-ordinator of the trip, Ustaz Mohd Zaidi Mohd Sufian, 28, died on the way to Selayang Hospital. The driver and co-driver escaped with injuries. The group was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Genting Highlands where they had spent the night.

7 killed in Genting bus crash