Accident-prone Menora Tunnel on the PLUS North South Expressway

The road on either side of the Menora Tunnel is extremely dangerous. Both stretches are steep and winding.

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THE GHOSTS OF MENORA TUNNEL

In the mid 1980’s, just after the Menora Tunnel was open for use to motorists, a ghost story began spreading.

Thus was at about the same time of a ghost at Penang bridge.
(See THE HUMOROUS, HEADLESS GHOST OF THE FIRST PENANG BRIDGE)

It was said that, as a man was driving through the tunnel from the North end side, going towards Ipoh, suddenly the ghostly figure of an orang asli woman carrying an equally ghostly baby flew past his car, stopped, and hovered above his bonnet!

Before he could even react, the engine died and his car slowed to a stop!

The figures left as suddenly.

In panic, unable to restart the engine, he got out of the car while his wife grabbed their baby, and they ran and ran and ran…till they got to the other end of the tunnel.

What a relief! A PLUS Highway emergency vehicle was parked there. When he told the men in the vehicle the story, they looked at each other, and asked the family to get into their vehicle. They explained that it was wiser to come back only in the daylight, and they drove back towards Ipoh.

The next day, the car was towed to a workshop. Mechanics found that the engine had cracked. It was a brand new car.

When the story was told to me, I was also reminded to heed the warning to turn the car headlights on inside the tunnel.

Realist that I was, I asked, “So it would be easier to see the ghosts more clearly?”

19 February 2018

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Traffic backed up on NSE following accident at Menora Tunnel
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IPOH: An accident has occurred along the North-South Expressway at KM261.4 northbound in the Menora Tunnel near here Monday afternoon.

It is learnt that two cars collided into each other in the tunnel, and the force of the impact caused both cars to turn turtle.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said they received an emergency call at 11.31am.

“However, no victims were spotted at the scene,” said the spokesperson.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/19/traffic-backed-up-on-nse-following-accident-at-menora-tunnel/#BAilSOCH1kKWxw53.99

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20 July 2017

One dead after trailer collides with tanker near Menora Tunnel

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IPOH: One person was killed and another injured when a trailer crashed into a tanker lorry on the North-South Expressway near the Menora Tunnel.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the trailer is believed to have rear-ended the tanker at about 11.55pm on Wednesday.

The accident also caused the tanker, which was carrying latex liquid, to spill some of its contents on the road.

“The deceased was found pinned under one of the trailer’s wheels.

“We extracted him and handed him over to the police but he was pronounced dead by medical personnel,” the spokesman said, adding that the trailer was carrying steel sheets.

The injured victim was sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment while the driver of the tanker escaped unhurt.
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Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/20/trailer-in-menora-tunnel-accident/#XdWu8d14l8XmahLU.99

17 Jan 2017

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IPOH: A three-kilometre crawl hit the North-South Expressway near the Menora tunnel this morning after a container lorry caught fire at Km260.1 of the major highway.
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Operations chief from the Meru Raya fire station, Mohd Fauzi Hashim, said the incident forced the closure of both lanes to allow firefighters to put out the blaze.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/01/204876/blazing-container-lorry-causes-massive-jam-near-nses-menora-tunnel

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Lorry on fire closes both lanes of NSE near MenoraTunnel

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10 Dec 2016

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38m38 minutes ago

Almost 12 hours dah ni 😭😭 (@ Menora Tunnel in Ipoh, Perak)

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Almost 8hrs on the road from KL, and haven’t passed the menora tunnel yet 😑😑😑

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TheSunDaily – Tanker lorry crash causes traffic congestion near Menora Tunnel

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NST_Online: Authorities remove overturned tanker near Menora tunnel, traffic still crawling

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THE GHOSTS OF MENORA TUNNEL

In the mid 1980’s, just after the Menora Tunnel was open for use to motorists, a ghost story began spreading.

Thus was at about the same time of a ghost at Penang bridge.
(See THE HUMOROUS, HEADLESS GHOST OF THE FIRST PENANG BRIDGE)

It was said that, as a man was driving through the tunnel from the North end side, going towards Ipoh, suddenly the ghostly figure of an orang asli woman carrying an equally ghostly baby flew past his car, stopped, and hovered above his bonnet!

Before he could even react, the engine died and his car slowed to a stop!

The figures left as suddenly.

In panic, unable to restart the engine, he got out of the car while his wife grabbed their baby, and they ran and ran and ran…till they got to the other end of the tunnel.

What a relief! A PLUS Highway emergency vehicle was parked there. When he told the men in the vehicle the story, they looked at each other, and asked the family to get into their vehicle. They explained that it was wiser to come back only in the daylight, and they drove back towards Ipoh.

The next day, the car was towed to a workshop. Mechanics found that the engine had cracked. It was a brand new car.

When the story was told to me, I was also reminded to heed the warning to turn the car headlights on inside the tunnel.

Realist that I was, I asked, “So it would be easier to see the ghosts more clearly?”

15 May 2056

Two dead, three injured in accident near Menora Tunnel Read

Star

15 May 2016 | MYT 11:22 AM

Two women killed in accident near Menora Tunnel

IPOH: Two women were killed while three men suffered injuries in an accident near Menora Tunnel on Sunday morning.

Five of them were travelling in the same car and were heading towards Kuala Kangsar.

Supt Wan Jamil said the car went out of control and crashed into a divider.

The deceased have been identified as Syahrul Amie Shahriman, 28, and Nabilah Syahmimi Zulkifli, 21.

“Amie died at the scene while Syahmimi died while being treated at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun,” said Supt Wan Jamil..

“Initial investigations revealed that the victims were on their way to Kuala Kangsar when Amie was believed to have lost control of her Proton Savvy and crashed into the divider during the 4.15am incident,” he added.

Five of them were travelling in the same car and were heading towards Kuala Kangsar.

Supt Wan Jamil said the car went out of control and crashed into a divider.

 http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/05/15/two-women-killed-three-injured-in-accident-near-menora-tunnel/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

3 January 2016

1804 PLUS North: Accident at km 264, s/b from the Menora Tunnel – Jelapang that’s causing a crawl at this location

Five vehicles pile-up on highway

By Sylvia Looi – 3 January 2016 @ 8:04 PM

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IPOH: An adult and a child were injured following a five vehicles pile-up at the North South Expressway.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahya Madis said an express bus was among the vehicles involved in the accident.
The accident had occurred southbound near Menora Tunnel here.

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Metro Online Broadcast

One killed, another injured in an accident near Menora tunnel

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A short video featuring an accident victim trapped inside a burning car and died in an accident at KM 254.8 North-South Highway.

The video is going viral on the social media.

The accident occurred at about 9am on Thursday involving a car and trailer.

n the 40 seconds video, it showed a group of motorists trying to help the man out from the burning vehicle but the intense heat prevented them from prying open the twisted door.

According to police, the man died in the accident while another passenger was seriously injured. The victim sought treatment at the Kuala Kangsar Hospital.

The lorry driver and his assistant escaped unhurt.

It was understood the car was heading towards Kuala Kangsar when the accident occurred.

http://www.mob.com.my/news/socialmedia/january-2015/fatal-accident-near-ipoh#.VokYIk_JZ9M

theSundaily

Four hurt in gas cylinder crash

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IPOH: The driver of a Perodua Alza and his son were injured when their car was engulfed in flames after it crashed into into some gas cylinders which spilled from a tanker after the Menora Tunnel at Km257 northbound of the North-South Expressway here today.

The Perodua Alza and a Proton Myvi could not stop in time and hit the cylinders in the 9.20am incident. However, only the Alza caught fire when the cylinders exploded.

The driver, Mohd Nasir Jaafar, 39, sustained minor injuries. His 10-year-old son Muhamad Syakirin is in serious condition.

“It was too late for me to stop the car after the cylinders fell off the lorry,” Mohd Nasir said.

“I was injured and could not move. Luckily the public managed to pull us out.”

The retired army personnel was travelling to Kedah from Port Dickson.

The lorry driver, who was not identified, also suffered minor injuries. However, his three-year-old son was seriously injured.

All the victims were admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun hospital in Ipoh.

A couple in the Myvi escaped unhurt.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1225762

Rakyat Post

KUALA KANGSAR, Oct 4, 2014:

Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle collision along the North-South Expressway. It involved two trailer lorries and six cars.

According to Kuala Kangsar Fire and Rescue Department, the accident this morning at Km256.1 heading north, near the Menora Tunnel in Ipoh, caused a massive jam that stretched several kilometres.

Kuala Kangsar Fire and Rescue Department senior officer Ismail Darus said it was believed that a trailer lorry had hit a car, forcing another trailer lorry behind to brake and land on its side.

Five other cars trying to avoid the second lorry, also crashed into the first trailer lorry.

By 5.30pm, the vehicles had been removed and both lanes are now open, but traffic is still at a crawl, said PLUS, which operates the North-South Expressway.

After the accident, motorists were advised to use the Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar trunk road.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/10/04/two-die-multi-vehicle-collision-near-menora-tunnel/

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