KUALA KANGSAR: Two people were killed when a concrete pillar fell off a trailer and hit the car they were travelling in at KM256 of the North South Expressway, near here.
Kuala Kangsar OCPD Asst Comm Razali Ibrahim said the driver of the car, Leong Woei Ser, 34, from Haluan Tasek Timur 10, Bercham, Ipoh and a passenger Cheah Kim Seng, 60, from Hala Perpaduan Taman Saga, Ulu Kinta died on the spot during the 9.30pm incident Wednesday (Oct 30).
ACP Razali said two other passengers in the car, believed to be Kim Seng's daughters, Mee Yee, 27 and Mun Yee, 30, sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment.
He said the incident is believed to have occurred when the trailer driver, Nurul Puaidi Amir, 41, from Kuala Ketil, Kedah, lost control of the vehicle that was heading north while coming downhill after the Menora Tunnel.
"We believe the brakes of the vehicle malfunctioned.
"The driver, to avoid crashing into a vehicle in front of him, swerved from the left carriageway to the right," he said, adding that the trailer was carrying 18 concrete posts.
He said a total of 14 concrete posts fell off the trailer, with two falling onto the other side of the road into opposing traffic.
"One of the posts fell on top of the victims' car which was being driven on the right lane.
"The post tumbled into the left lane and two more vehicles rammed into it," he added.
He said the second post fell on the middle of the road and was hit by an oncoming car.
"The post broke apart and the fragments were hit by two other cars," he said, adding that a total of six vehicles were damaged.
"Two other drivers sustained light injuries while four others, including the trailer driver, are unharmed," he said, adding that 12 more concrete posts fell onto the northbound road.
"The incident caused both north and southbound roads to be blocked," he added.
ACP Razali said the trailer driver, who tested negative for banned substances, has been arrested.
He said the case would be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act.
"The trailer has been taken to the Kuala Kangsar district police station.
"We've also informed the victims' families," he said, adding that their cause of death would be determined in a post-mortem.
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