Danger lurking at junctions


Taman Klang Jaya and Taman Desawan residents at the Lebuh Gambus and Jalan Selampit 29 junction. Residents say there have been many cases of motorists spinning out of control at this spot, hitting the huge water pipes. — Photos: LOW LAY PHON/The Star

MOTORISTS driving around Taman Klang Jaya and Taman Desawan in Klang have to be extra cautious when passing several junctions in these two neighbourhoods.

These dangerous junctions include the T-junction at Jalan Serunai 1 and Jalan Seruling 29, the junction right after SMK Raja Mahadi along Jalan Serunai 1, the cross junction at Lebuh Gambus and Jalan Selampit 29, the traffic light junction at Jalan Selampit 29 and Jalan Serunai 1, and the junction at Jalan Serunai 1 and Jalan Seruling 39.

Over the years, numerous accidents have occurred here and residents want Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to reallign these danger spots.

“Over the past 30 years that I have lived here, I have witnessed at least 50 to 60 accidents at the Jalan Serunai 1 and Jalan Seruling 39 junction, which is just outside my house,” said resident Mohan Khrishnan.

He said his daughter was also involved in an accident there when she was trying to turn from Jalan Seruling 39 onto Jalan Serunai 1.

“Motorists driving along Jalan Serunai 1 tend to speed along the road making it really dangerous for other motorists who are trying to get on that road.

“Sometimes even after midnight, I can hear the sounds of cars crashing into each other,” he said.

Residents living near this junction have witnessed at least 50 to 60 accidents at the Jalan Serunai 1 and Jalan Seruling 39 junction in Taman Klang Jaya.
Residents living near this junction have witnessed at least 50 to 60 accidents at the Jalan Serunai 1 and Jalan Seruling 39 junction in Taman Klang Jaya.

Several fatal accidents had occurred at this spot and the red cloth wrapped around a tree near the junction are a stark reminder of the deaths.

Apart from that junction, the crossroads at Lebuh Gambus and Jalan Selampit 29 is also a danger zone, with several accidents taking place there over the years.

Some motorists either spin out of control at this spot and end up hitting the huge water pipes which sit across a monsoon drain along the road, or collide with other vehicles.

“Most of the accidents usually happen at night and just two weeks ago, an ambulance had to be summoned because the accident was so bad; the car would have plunged into the monsoon drain if not for the water pipes,” said resident Ping Koh Chuan.

He added that sometimes there were two or three accidents a day at this junction.

Ping is worried that one of these days an accident might damage the water pipes and cause water disruption in the neighbourhood.

When StarMetro visited the area, we noticed that some motorists coming from Jalan Selampit 29 did not slow down or look out for oncoming cars along Lebuh Gambus before making a turn.

Also, there were no speed bumps along Jalan Selampit 29. Even the stop signs there had gone missing.

Tilaka says there should be speed bumps at Jalan Selampit 29.
Tilaka says there should be speed bumps at Jalan Selampit 29.

“There is a speed bump near the junction along Lebuh Gambus but motorists tend to speed after passing it.

“It is pointless to only have one speed bump along Lebuh Gambus and none along Jalan Selampit 29,” said Taman Klang Jaya residents association chairman S. Tilaka.

She said MPK should place double speed bumps at all four sides of the crossroads between Lebuh Gambus and Jalan Selampit 29 to force motorists to slow down when they approach the junction.

Many motorists use Lebuh Gambus as a shortcut to get to Jalan Langat, Taman Sentosa and Bandar Puteri.

“We highlighted this during the Bandar Selamat workshop conducted by MPK’s Town Planning Department recently and have also requested for the speed bumps to be installed at Jalan Selampit 29,” she added.

When contacted, MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said they were not aware of the frequent accidents happening at these danger spots at Taman Klang Jaya and Taman Desawan.

“When I checked with the traffic police, there were no reports of accidents in those areas, but we received the application for the speed bumps during the workshop and our officers will look into this matter,” she said.

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