Emergency personnel are seen at the site of a vehicle collision where world No. 1 men's badminton player Kento Momota of Japan was injured, and the driver killed, at Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia, on Monday. Photo: BOMBA MALAYSIA /Handout via REUTERS
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Badminton world No. 1 Momota injured in crash in Malaysia; driver killed

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Badminton world number one Kento Momota was injured in a pre-dawn vehicle collision in Malaysia on Monday, just hours after he secured his first victory of the season at the Malaysia Masters.

The Japanese shuttler and three others were thought to have been en route to Kuala Lumpur international airport when the hired van they were in rammed into the rear of a 30-ton truck, according to statements from the police and local fire department.

The driver of the van was killed in the incident, and his body had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Police and Malaysia's badminton association (BAM) said that in addition to Momota, the three others involved in the incident were his physiotherapist, his assistant coach and a Badminton World Federation official.

The association said in a statement that Momota suffered multiple lacerations to his face and a fractured nose.

Malaysia's Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the four were in stable condition and would be discharged once hospital officials were satisfied they were fit to be released.

"Based on investigations and CT scans, there are no major injuries... they are now stable and will be given continued treatment and remain under observation for now," Dzulkefly said briefly outside Putrajaya Hospital where the four are being treated.

Japan's ambassador to Malaysia, Hiroshi Oka, who was with Dzulkefly on the visit, was grateful for the "care and support" given to those involved in the crash.

On Sunday, Momota defeated former world champion Viktor Axelsen to win the Malaysia Masters, the first tournament of the BWF 2020 World Tour season.

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I hope for a speedy recovery.

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Real sorry for the driver and wishing for speedy recovery of all those injured.

Just watched Momota's match yesterday and he is truly a great player.

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Sorry for the driver and his family. I read somewhere he was only 20.

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I have been to KL 3 times and the crazy driving is one of my biggest memories especially on the highway that leads to the airport. Rest in peace to the driver and a speedy recovery to all involved.

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Hope for fast recovery.

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A very sad incident and best wishes for a speedy recovery to all.

Just an observation. From looking at that photo the damage to the front of the vehicle does not seems so severe. The front seat is still clearly visible and quite a distance from the impact damage. This combined with the injuries sustained by those in the back of the van leads me to believe they were not wearing seat belts.

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The front seat is still clearly visible

That is not the front seat................................. yep

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Just an observation. From looking at that photo the damage to the front of the vehicle does not seems so severe. The front seat is still clearly visible and quite a distance from the impact damage. This combined with the injuries sustained by those in the back of the van leads me to believe they were not wearing seat belts.This combined with the injuries sustained by those in the back of the van leads me to believe they were not wearing seat belts.

That isnt the front seat you are looking at! Your powers of assumption, not observation, are working overtime!

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Horrible driving in a lot of these countries, often with tragic consequences. RIP to the driver, and I hope the others recover soon. No doubt some on the IOC will curse him for getting in an accident and nearly dying so close to his expected gold medal for Japan, but I don't give one iota about how this will affect his performance at the moment, I only care that he is okay.

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