JOHOR BARU: The stretch of the North-South Expressway between Tangkak and Pagoh in Muar district is straight and safe for all vehicles, says Malaysia Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROs).
Its Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics Research Centre director, Associate Prof Wong Shaw Voon said there was a slightly curved slope at the 146.5km, the site of a fatal accident involving a Super Nice Grassland express bus early Sunday morning.
In the crash, 10 people were killed and 14 others injured.
Prof Wong said there was no guardrail at that particular stretch but hardwood trees.
Speaking to reporters at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar, he said that, generally, the stretch was safe for all vehicles unless an accident occurred and the motorist's vehicle risked ramming into the hardwood trees.
He was asked to comment on the safety of the stretch that locals claim is an accident-prone area.
On the Super Nice Grassland express bus accident, he said preliminary investigations at the site revealed some significant findings. Saying the investigation was not finalised, Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said detailed investigations would be made by matching the Miros evidence and witnesses accounts of the accident.
"The conclusive report would be presented to the Cabinet with recommendations from the agencies involved in the investigation," he said.
Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement division director Salim Parlan said the 38-year-old bus driver had no previous record of accidents.
Salim said the bus itself had 17 outstanding summonses but could not reveal what the summonses were for.
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