British woman, 18, killed in go-kart crash in Malaysia

An 18-year-old British woman has died after crashing a go-kart at an extreme sports centre in Malaysia.

The teen was driving the go-kart around a track at the Malaysia X-Park in the city of Iskandar Puteri, in the southern state of Johor, when she lost control on Thursday night.

Police Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said the Brit skidded and crashed her go-kart, sustaining serious injuries.

He said a marshal at the track advised the teenager's friends to take her to the nearby Gleneagles Medini Hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.

He told the New Straits Times: "Police were informed by the staff at the centre that the victim's machine had skidded and crashed.

"A marshal rushed to the scene and informed her friends to rush her to the hospital."

He added: "According to an eyewitness, the victim was bleeding badly from her nose and she was rushed to a private hospital by friends."

Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi said the woman died later in hospital from her injuries.

Police are investigating her death.

The teenager's body has been sent to the Kulai Hospital north of the city for a postmortem.

Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi added the centre's CCTV cameras were not working at the time of the accident so there was no video footage of the crash.

"Our checks showed the CCTV at the sports centre was not working but the investigation is still ongoing," he added.

The X-Park Malaysia website says the drivers are provided with crash helmets and that the go-karts feature a "sturdy chassis" for the safety of drivers.

Mirror Online has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.

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