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Taman Serdang bridge collapses, killing two teenagers

Two teenagers were killed when they were buried under piles of rubble in a bridge-collapse incident near Taman Serdang in Serdang, Kedah, last night.

Bandar Baharu district police chief DSP Barudin Wariso, in a brief statement, said the incident occurred about 10.15pm and the victims were a motorcyclist and his pillion rider.

The victims have been identified as Muhammad Haikal Hakimi Mohd Noor, who was riding pillion on a motorcycle and the motorcyclist, Mohamad Haziq Ishak, both 17.

Barudin said Muhammad Haikal was a student at SMK Serdang Baru, while Mohamad Haziq was a shop assistant.

It is learnt that the victims were buried under the rubble, following which firemen from the Serdang Fire and Rescue Station had been mobilised to the scene.

The first victim was found at 12.15am today and the second victim about five minutes later.

"They were heading to Taman Serdang from Pekan Serdang and fell into the rubble,” he said when met at the location of the bridge collapse.

The bodies were then sent to Kulim Hospital for post-mortem.

Meanwhile, Kedah Fire and Rescue Department, in a statement, said it received a distress call on the incident at 10.27pm and 11 firemen from the Serdang Fire Station were mobilised to the scene.

"On arrival at the scene, they saw a Yamaha LC 135 motorcycle under the rubble of the bridge at a housing area and believed there were two victims involved,” he said, adding that a search was conducted by digging the area using hoes to recover the victims who were buried under about 0.3 metres of rubble.

The firemen managed to retrieve the victims, both aged 17, who were then confirmed dead by health workers at the location.

- Bernama

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