Tuesday September 25, 2012
Two killed in 10-vehicle crash in Ayer Keroh
By R.S.N. MURALI
MALACCA: A speeding lorry went out of control and caused a 10-vehicle accident, leaving two people dead and three seriously injured at the Jalan Gapam-MITC-Jalan Tun Abdul Razak traffic junction in Ayer Keroh here.
The vehicles involved in the 3.40pm accident yesterday were three lorries, three cars and four motorcycles.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Salehhudin Abd Rahman said the driver of a lorry, laden with chicken feed, was believed to have lost control because of a brake malfunction.
The lorry rammed into a tipper truck and a cargo lorry and seven other vehicles before it skidded and landed on the opposite side of the road, he said.
The driver, R. Chandran Raja Retnam, 47, and motorcyclist R. Mukeudan, 62, whose machine was pinned under a lorry, died on the spot, ACP Sallehuddin added.
One of the three admitted to the Malacca Hospital was warded in the intensive care unit and was reported to be in critical condition.
Several motorists at the scene said the lorry was travelling at a high-speed and had beaten the red light.
One witness, who identified himself as Bala, 30, said the lorry seemed to be fleeing Road Transport Department enforcement officers in a car.
“I saw the lorry negotiating the corner near Gapam in a dangerous manner and knew something was not right. A few minutes later, the accident happened,” he added.
The accident caused a massive traffic jam until 7.30pm. Police diverted all incoming vehicles into Jalan Bukit Beruang and other alternative roads.
State Fire and Rescue Departments assistant director Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said that three engines from Ayer Keroh and Bukit Katil with 18 men were sent to the scene.
They took almost three hours to extricate Chandran's body from the wreckage.