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Puddle on highway a danger to motorists

Postby admin » Mon May 04, 2009 6:18 am

GEORGE TOWN: It was raining heavily for nearly the whole day but there was no flood.

However, motorists plying the RM209mil Bayan Baru elevated highway were given a scare when they came across a puddle of water near the Sungai Nibong mosque here.

Witnesses said several motorists who travelled at high speed lost control of their vehicles when they passed through the 0.2m deep puddle.

At least two minor accidents took place at the site but according to state traffic police operations chief Deputy Supt K. Wari, police did not receive any accident reports from motorists.

It is learnt that the water collected on the lane heading towards George Town after several days of intermittent rains.

Motorist Yoong Wai Keng, 27, who called The Star to complain about the puddle yesterday, said she nearly crashed into the railing after her car skidded at the puddle. “It was scary,” she said. “There should not be any puddle at all on flyovers because it posed a danger to motorists.”

Another motorist, known only as Rahim, said he was afraid of being rammed from behind by other motorists when he noticed the puddle and slowed down. “It is a highway and naturally everyone travels faster,” he said..

State Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said he only knew about the puddle yesterday, adding that he had instructed the state Public Works Department (JKR) to carry out an inspection.

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