Last night (3 March), Malaysians were horrified by the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Expressway (SUKE) frame bridge collapse. According to NST, two of the four female factory workers that were trapped in a car under the fallen bridge have died.
The remaining two women and the male driver of the van sustained serious injuries in the incident which happened along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2). The victims are all Malaysians, aged between 30 and 45. They were believed to be on their way to work when the incident happened.
Kuala Lumpur Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Zulkefly Yahya said the van driver was pulled out from the debris at 8.50pm. The Fire and Rescue Department, he added, extricated the female passengers between 9.15pm and 9.27pm.
For now, all three survivors are being treated at the UKM Medical Centre.
Zulkefly said the trailer lorry driver, who had reportedly caused the incident when his vehicle rammed into an iron scaffolding, was at the Sungai Besi police station where a report over the incident has been lodged.
weh lori yang langgar rupanya mrr2 ni that’s why runtuh. got it from whatsapp group pic.twitter.com/laG7QdRkFQ
— &H (@nenughul) March 3, 2021
Fast-forward to today (4 March), Zulkefly announced that the driver has tested positive for drugs. In a statement, Zulkefly said the driver was a 40-year-old Malaysian man.
“Preliminary urine test results at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters found him positive for methamphetamines,” he said, while also mentioning that the driver did not suffer any injuries and is now in police custody.
Zulkefly confirmed that the case has been reclassified under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs). This is instead of Section 41(1) of the same act (causing death by reckless or dangerous driving).
He then provided more details on yesterday’s incident.
“Preliminary investigations have found that the accident happened when the first vehicle (trailer) travelled along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) and when it arrived at the scene, the top part of the trailer crashed into the metal scaffolding at the site where a pedestrian bridge was being constructed.
“This caused a steel beam and the metal scaffolding to fall on both lanes of the MRR2 highway, crashing into the second vehicle (van) that was travelling from Ampang heading towards Bandar Tasik Selatan bus terminal (TBS),” he said.
The accident happened at about 6.15pm yesterday amidst rain and traffic. The scene was located in front of the Desa Tasik apartment building in Kuala Lumpur, near the TBS.