COINS FLY AS VAN CRASHES

Se­cu­rity van hits ice-cream truck, which had turned tur­tle after graz­ing trailer

New Straits Times - - News -

KELLY KOH

ALOR GAJAH kelly.koh@nst.com.my

QUICK ac­tion by fire­men here helped pre­vent mo­torists from scoop­ing up thou­sands of coins left strewn on a high­way fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a se­cu­rity van.

In the 5am in­ci­dent at Km208.6 of the North-South Ex­press­way here yes­ter­day, thou­sands of coins were strewn out of the se­cu­rity van when it crashed into an ice-cream truck.

The ice-cream truck had grazed a trailer with a flat tyre parked along the emer­gency lane.

The truck skid­ded and turned tur­tle on the mid­dle lane be­fore it was hit by the on­com­ing se­cu­rity van.

Malacca Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Mohd Tajuddin Jaafar said 10 fire­men rushed to the scene at 5.23am.

“When we ar­rived, we found the driver and the front pas­sen­ger pinned to their seats, while an­other per­son was trapped in the back of the van.

“All of them, though con­scious, were un­able to es­cape,” he said.

Fire­men took 40 min­utes to free the vic­tims us­ing a hy­draulic ram. The vic­tims were treated at Malacca Hos­pi­tal.

The driver suf­fered a bro­ken right leg and the front pas­sen­ger a bro­ken left leg, while the guard sus­tained in­juries to his ribs.

Traf­fic slowed down as au­thor­i­ties helped to pick up the coins strewn on the road.

They also washed off melt­ing ice-cream, which had made the road slip­pery.

The 43-year-old truck driver es­caped un­hurt, while his 17-year-old at­ten­dant sus­tained light in­juries to his left leg and was re­ferred to Malacca Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The 38-year-old trailer driver es­caped un­hurt.

Au­thor­i­ties were un­able to gauge how many coins were strewn on the ground fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Tajuddin said it was es­ti­mated that about RM20,000 was be­ing trans­ported by the se­cu­rity van.

PIC BY ZAIREE MOHD YASAK

Res­cue per­son­nel col­lect­ing the coins strewn on the North-South Ex­press­way in Alor Gajah yes­ter­day.

PIC COURTESY OF READER

The cow that was aban­doned in the car in Kam­pung Pan­tai Sepat, Kuan­tan, on Wed­nes­day.

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