A horrific accident that left two victims burnt beyond recognition.
- Incident happened when two lanes of highway closed for road line painting works
- Nissan lorry, unable to stop in time when encountering the road closure, triggered the five-vehicle crash
- Victims pinned in wreckage by fully-laden Mitsubishi lorry
- Driver of Nissan lorry fled the scene
In an 11pm incident on Monday night, a driver and his passenger in a Proton Wira met a fiery death in a five-vehicle accident at KM202.6 of the North-South Expressway (NSE) Southbound.
Both the victims were pinned in the wreckage by a lorry involved in the accident.
The lorry, laden with a 15-tonne soybean residue, was believed to have been travelling towards Pasir Gudang, Johor, from Port Klang.
The incident occurred when the second and third lanes of the expressway were closed for road line painting works, the New Straits Times reported.
“A Nissan lorry, which was in lane three, was unable to stop in time when encountering the road closure and collided with the left side of a Mitsubishi lorry before dragging a Proton Wira to the left side of the road shoulder.
“At the same time, a Placer-X van rammed the back of a Honda Civic on the stretch of road.
“Due to the impact of the collision, the Proton Wira burst into flames resulting in the driver and passenger burning to death.
“The driver of Nissan lorry fled the scene and has yet to lodge a police report.
“We are trying to contact his company and in the midst of getting the driver’s details,” a police source was quoted as saying.
PLUS personnel assisted firemen to fight the flames and it took them four hours to extricate the victims from the wrecked Wira.
The identity of the two victims who perished in the fiery crash has yet to be confirmed. Their remains were sent to the Alor Gajah hospital for post-mortem.
Three other drivers involved in the accident escaped injuries.
The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.