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Lion dance performer killed in accident on birthday

PETALING JAYA: An accident robbed the life of a lion dance troupe member on her birthday. A lorry that went out of control was believed to have crashed into another lorry which was carrying a 14-member lion dance troupe. The accident occurred at 1.30pm in Sungai Buloh on Wednesday near a shopping mall there.

A fatal accident in Sungai Buloh robbed the life of lion troupe member 18-year old Choo Heng Poh.

The troupe was invited to perform at a factory close to the mall.

At the time of the accident, 18-year-old Choo Heng Poh was said to be off-loading equipment to prepare for a performance. A lorry behind them is said to have lost control and rammed into their lorry, injuring three. Choo was rushed to the hospital but died of her injuries an hour after admission.

The other two male victims, ages 17 and 19, survived the accident.

Tragic loss: The lorry driver and attendant, who have yet to be identified, kneeling before Choo's family at the hospital as they beg for forgiveness. Choo (left) was off-loading equipment when the accident, that also injured two other members of the troupe, took place.

Tragic loss: The lorry driver and attendant, who have yet to be identified, kneeling before Choo’s family at the hospital as they beg for forgiveness. Choo (above) was off-loading equipment when the accident, that also injured two other members of the troupe, took place.

A Chinese daily reported that the driver who caused the accident had tried to flee the scene but was caught by the a few members of the troupe.

The daily also reported both the 70-year-old driver and his attendant were at the hospital and went on their knees to beg for forgiveness from the Choo’s family.

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