Beware of animal crossings, road users told

JOHOR BARU: Road users along the almost 92km stretch of Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing have been advised to be extra careful in the wake of yet another car collision involving an elephant.

Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Salman Saaban said that the road cuts through a jungle, which is home to many kinds of wildlife, including elephants and tapirs.

“We have placed many signs along the stretch reminding road users to be vigilant when travelling on the road, either to Mersing or Kota Tinggi.

“However, there are some irresponsible drivers who have ignored our reminders and their actions not only pose a danger to themselves and other road users but also to wild animals, ” he said here yesterday.

A male calf elephant died after it was hit by a car while crossing the road with a herd on Tuesday.

Salman said low visibility was the main cause of the accident where the driver collided with the elephant at Batu 10.

“Based on our investigation, the incident happened around 6am during a thick fog.

“The driver could not see the elephant as its skin was dark, resembling the conditions along the road, ” he said.

The area is a known hotspot for elephant crossings with the latest collision being the third incident of its kind.

Two elephants were killed after they were hit by vehicles on May 21,2018 and Oct 6 last year.

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