The accident happened at around 1 am on the 246 km northbound section of North-South Expressway (NSE), 5 km from Kuala Kangsar. It is understood that the five victims are students from Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (Usas).
They are Muhammad Nasrun Aidol Munir Akbar, 22, who was driving the car, front passenger Ahmad Naim Najmi Ahmad Hafizan, 21, while three others, Muhammad Nabil Haikal Muhammad Fariz, 19, Ahmad Akmal Ahmad Mokhlis, 20, and Iqbal Hasnun Halimi, 23, were seated in the back.
Personnel from the Kuala Kangsar fire and rescue station were immediately deployed to the scene, it said in a statement. They were assisted by teams from the Meru Raya, Kamunting and Ipoh stations.
The spokesman said the victims, who had yet to be identified, were travelling in a car when it was involved in a collision with a 20-tonne trailer laden with iron rods and a similar trailer carrying mosaic tiles.
A total of eight people were involved in the traffic accident; five Malay men in Honda City died on the spot, burned to charred bodies, and the car was damaged to 90 percent.
The three men in the lorry were unhurt.
The bodies of the victims were sent to Kuala Kangsar Hospital for a post mortem.
RIP. Hope the dead rest in peace and the living be strong.