Malaysian in Nice attack hit by truck

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian student injured in the Nice terror attack was hit by the side of the 19-tonne truck that rammed into a crowd of revellers at a Bastille celebration and killed at least 84 people.

His father, Chuah Tze Leng, said in a Facebook posting that his son, Esmond Chuah, 22, had called him in the evening (local time).

“He is okay but hospitalised due to a fracture to his back,” he wrote late Friday night.

A CT scan, added Chuah, showed the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) student had suffered trauma to his lungs and stomach.

“I would like to say thank you for your help and kind support,” said Chuah.

Esmond, one of 12 Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) students in Nice for a summer programme, was among the crowd along the Promenade des Anglais when the attack happened.

Esmond later called his parents with a nurse’s phone after he was warded at a hospital.

The students had left for a three-week programme and was due to come back next week.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said it would continue to monitor the situation through its embassy in Paris.