CONSIDERING the many express bus accidents nowadays and the Chinese New Year festival just around the corner, I think it would be beneficial to relate a recent accident my wife and I were involved in.
At 9.50pm on Dec 23, we were among the unfortunate passengers travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang in the bus which crashed into a trailer soon after we passed the Ipoh Utara toll plaza.
Besides the shock and fright, my wife and I, both senior citizens, who occupied seats No. 7 & 8, suffered only some bruises and a few minor cuts.
We are glad and thank God we survived that drastic accident despite our age.
The very first question curious onlookers who saw the badly damaged bus asked was: “Oh! How many deaths?”
It was very fortunate that no death occurred. Only four injured passengers were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance that night.
May I suggest for the safety and pleasant journey of future passengers all bus drivers ought to stop at least twice and only at the North-South Expressway restaurants for themselves and the passengers to refresh and relax.
They must never stop at out-of-the-highway restaurants for food. It consumes time and to make up for the time lost, drivers tend to speed.
If the trip is for Kuala Lumpur-Penang, it must be strictly for that only.
Diverting to Ipoh, Butterworth or other places should be prohibited.
I hope all bus companies would give their full co-operation and take every safety measure for the sake of both drivers and passengers.
QUAH SU CHONG,