An accident involving five lorries and two victims including a casualty occurred at KM288.7 of the PLUS North-South Expressway (Northbound) near Simpang Pulai yesterday (June 23).
According to a spokesperson for the Perak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), an emergency call regarding the situation was received at around 10.01pm.
“A squad and a vehicle from the Simpang Pulai Fire and Rescue Station (BBP), along with a hazardous material (HAZMAT) unit team from Pasir Puteh BBP were immediately deployed to the location.
“Upon arrival, the accident was found to involve four mix-loaded lorries and a tank lorry transporting 20,000kg of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) UN 1075.
“In the aftermath, two victims were identified. One was a driver of the front-most lorry who sustained injuries on his right leg. The other was the tank lorry driver who was killed on the spot.
“The squad proceeded to rescue both victims using special equipment. They were safely brought out after the lorry’s pillar was cut and stretched.
“The HAZMAT unit team assisted by tracing for any signs of leakage from the tank lorry, whereby none were detected,” he explained.
The operation ended in the wee hours of 1.10am earlier today (June 24).
It was led by Senior Fire Officer II (PBK II) Mohamad Norman, assisted by Fire Superintendent (PgB) Taufik Asyarun Zainuddin and Assistant Fire Superintendent (PPgB) Saiful Rizan Sulaiman.
Investigations Found Tank Lorry Lost Control
According to the chief of Perak Contingent Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), Superintendent Azizan Hassan, investigations found that the driver had lost control and rammed into the back of another lorry.
“The crash subsequently caused the other lorry to slide forward and impact another three in front.
“Due to the impact of the crash, the tank lorry driver succumbed to fatal injuries after getting stuck in his seat.
“His remains were sent to the Forensic Department of Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) in Ipoh for post-mortem.
“This case is being investigated further under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said when contacted by the media today.