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World No.1 Momota injured in crash in Malaysia, driver killed

Kento Momota (right) celebrates after defeating Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Malaysia Masters on Sunday. AP Photo/Kien Huo

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

The Japanese player was with three other players en route to the administrative capital of Putrajaya when the hired van they were in rammed into the rear of a 30-tonne truck, the local fire and rescue department said in a statement.

The driver of the van was killed in the incident.

The fire and rescue department said it was still working to extricate the driver's body from the wreckage.

Momota and the other players suffered light injuries, the department said, and had been sent to Putrajaya Hospital for treatment.

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