IT was an accident waiting to happen. The motorcyclist rode across double lines along busy Jalan Permatang Pauh in Seberang Prai to turn into a slip road with ‘No Entry’ signboards and bang! his machine collided head-on with a trailer about 50m away.
And this happened right in front of a group of reporters who were there for a press con- ference called by Bagan Jermal assemblyman Ooi Chuan Aik to highlight that 'No Entry' signboards had been erected at the spot.
Ooi was instrumental in getting the authorities to put up the signboards two weeks ago because many road users, especially motorcyclists, made illegal right turns from Jalan Permatang Pauh into the slip road to avoid having to stop at a traffic lights junction just a mere 50m away. This had resulted in many accidents occurring at the spot.
Fortunately, the 45-year-old motorcyclist in yesterday's accident only sustained minor injuries.
Trailer driver K. Elangkovan, 37, was relieved that the victim did not die as he feared the worst when the latter landed underneath the front of his vehicle.
Ooi said two to three accidents occurred monthly along the slip road which is part of the old Permatang Pauh road that is connected to Taman Kerapu.
Taman Kerapu Rukun Tetangga chairman Dr Ng Yoke Wah said some of the accidents resulted in severe injuries to the victims.
He proposed that yellow lines be drawn along the 50m-long slip road and that brighter lights be installed at the junction.
Ooi said he would liaise with the relevant authorities on the proposal.