Driver who crashed into SUKE bridge frame was high on meth: police
Collapse on MRR2 yesterday led to 2 deaths, 3 serious injuries
Updated 3 hours ago · Published on 04 Mar 2021 11:02AM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – Investigations into the deadly collapse of an overhead bridge along the Sg Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) yesterday have revealed that the driver of the trailer that crashed into a scaffolding there had methamphetamine in his system.
Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department chief Zulkefly Yahya said a drug test conducted on the driver showed he was positive for the drug commonly known as syabu.
The test was conducted at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.
Malay Mail quoted Zulkefly as saying that the driver will be remanded under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which deals with alleged self-administration of a dangerous drug.
Investigations will also continue under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which prohibits driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
The scaffolding collapsed on top of a car on the road below, which was making its way from Ampang. Two women in their 40s were crushed to death.
Three others in the same vehicle suffered serious injuries, including fractures, lung-swelling and internal bleeding.
Police: Two people in van trapped in MRR2 bridge collapse died at scene
By JUSTIN ZACK
KUALA LUMPUR: Two of the five people trapped inside the van that was crushed by a collapsed bridge died at the scene.
City Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya said that the two who died were female factory workers and added that all the victims were locals.
He said that the van carried factory workers and it is believed that they were on their way to work.
On the trailer lorry believed to have hit a portion of the SUKE Highway bridge that collapsed, ACP Zulkefly said that its driver would be detained.
“A report has been made at the Sungai Besi police station,” he said at the scene along the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan.
ACP Zulkefly added that it was carrying metal items and was not overloaded at the time of the accident.
“Perhaps the collision was due to technical reasons. It had its own escort vehicles that went ahead of it. How the collision occurred exactly is still under investigation,” he said.
He had said earlier that a trailer carrying heavy machinery is believed to have hit a portion of the bridge currently under construction.
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