Miros sends team to probe cause of Simpang Pulai road tragedy

PETALING JAYA: A team has been dispatched to investigate and analyse the cause of the road tragedy in Simpang Pulai, where seven were killed after the minivan they were in, crashed head-on into a trailer, says the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).

Its director-general Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said the results of its investigation will be presented to the Transport Ministry to improve policies involving road safety and to prevent similar tragedies from recurring.

“We would like to express our condolences and we are also saddened by the tragedy, ” said Khairil Anwar in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 12).

At the same time, he said Miros would like to stress on the need for adequate rest before starting a journey, in order to curb microsleep and enable drivers to give full focus on the road.

“Miros also recommended that journey planning can be done to avoid overloading vehicles because this can influence the stability of a vehicle, especially its steering control and braking system, ” it said.

Khairil Anwar added that the wearing of seat belts should also be a practice among road users.

“Studies from safety institutes around the world verified that the wearing of seat belts could reduce the risk of deaths by up to 50% when a crash occurs.

“The correct wearing of seat belts can hinder passengers from being piled up within or thrown outside the vehicle during a collision, ” he said.

Miros also reminded all road users to adhere to road safety rules, ensure that vehicles were in a good condition and also follow the set speed limit, he said.

“Practise safe driving because each life is precious, ” he added.

On Tuesday evening (Aug 11), two children, three women and two men were killed in the crash at the fifth kilometre of Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands.

Police said that the victims in the minivan were travelling downhill from Cameron Highlands and was believed to have swerved into the opposite lane before crashing into a trailer.

Three others in the minivan, a man and two other children, were injured while the trailer driver escaped unhurt.

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