KUALA LUMPUR: A seven vehicle pile up, involving a cement mixer, a garbage truck, three cars and two police motorcycles, caused a massive traffic jam along Jalan Tun Razak during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
Kuala Lumpur staff officer for Traffic Investigation and Regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam said the driver of the cement mixer was travelling along the busy road towards the Jalan Pahang roundabout when he lost control of his vehicle near the National Heart Institute (IJN) building at about 9am.
The cement mixer crashed into an Alam Flora garbage truck, which was in front of it.
“The impact of the crash sent the garbage truck spinning into the left lane and then into the parking lot of IJN where it smashed into a wall and tree. The falling tree smashed a parked Toyota.
“I can confirm that two policemen on patrol motorcycles and two other cars were also hit by the truck.
“However, we have yet to speak with the officers as they are being treated at the KL Hospital,” said DSP Markandan.
The other cars smashed during the accident include a Proton Saga and a Perodua Viva.
The officers and the driver of the Alam Flora garbage truck were injured while the others walked away unscathed.
The massive pile up caused a three-kilometre traffic jam in the heart of the city centre until noon, after police removed the crashed vehicles from the three-lane road.
In another case, Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Khairuldin Saad said a lorry driver was killed while his female passenger was in critical condition after their out-of-control vehicle smashed through a wall and fell into a drain in Jalan Enggang 13.
He said Mohd Nor Azizi Mat Berahi, 31 and Siti Mariana Abdullah, 19 were travelling towards the city centre at about 3am Wednesday when Mohd Nor Azizi lost control of his lorry.
“It spun and hit a brick wall and fell into a drain along Jalan Enggang.
“The driver was killed after sustaining traumatic injuries to his head and internal bleeding.
“The female victim has been warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Ampang Hospital.
“She is currently in operation to remove a blot clot in her head,” he said.
The lorry has been sent to Puspakom for a roadworthiness test, while the case is being investigated for reckless driving.
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