BALIK PULAU: An avalanche of granite boulders gave a driver from Kuala Lumpur the shock of his life while cruising along the Penang Hill range at Jalan Tun Sardon.
The rocks crashed downhill and breached the road just in front of his white Volkswagen.
One of the boulders – estimated at 20 tonnes and as tall as a man – crushed the left side of his car bonnet, trapping the vehicle.
A grey Proton Persona escaped the boulders, which came tumbling down at noon yesterday, but was hit by the smaller rocks which smashed its rear windscreen and roof.
A fireman from Seri Balik Pulau fire station here said the Kuala Lumpur driver was unharmed but he was trapped in his seat and other motorists helped to free him before the fire engine arrived.
A backhoe from Public Works Department was called in to free the car and clear the obstruction.
A strip of the hill slope of banana and durian trees above has been cleared, revealing the path of the rockslide.
“About 30 boulders came down. Four of the biggest ones rolled down first and blocked half the lane. We estimate each to weigh at least 20 tonnes,” he said.
In September 2008, a similar rockslide took place during a late night storm and more than 10 boulders, some the size of cars, were strewn across half the road width.
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