Brave act to pre­vent ac­ci­dent on PLUS high­way

The Star Malaysia - - Views - MOHD FAIZAL AB­DUL­LAH Kuala Lumpur

I WAS on my way back to Kuala Lumpur af­ter spend­ing the week­end with my fam­ily in Port Dick­son on the morn­ing of Oct 29. It was a lit­tle past 11am.

Cruis­ing on the four-lane PLUS Ex­press­way was a breeze as traf­fic was light. Af­ter the KM268 marker, we no­ticed a black ob­ject the size of a small mo­tor­cy­cle ly­ing on the sec­ond lane and two young men run­ning to­wards it.

As we drove past, my wife, who was driv­ing, and I won­dered what the black ob­ject was. It turned out to be a small dump­ster that had prob­a­bly fallen off the lorry trans­port­ing it.

I saw the two men lift the dump­ster, carry it to­wards the emer­gency lane and toss it over the guardrail. They must have thought that leav­ing it on the high­way would pose a haz­ard to all high­way users, es­pe­cially mo­tor­cy­clists. They could have left it for the high­way pa­trol team to re­move but they didn’t, as they re­alised the im­me­di­ate dan­ger it posed to road users. They cer­tainly did the right thing.

Plas­tic emer­gency cones ly­ing on the high­way are haz­ardous to road users so just imag­ine what dan­ger an ob­ject like a dump­ster would pose. It was for­tu­nate that it was early morn­ing and the dump­ster was vis­i­ble to high­way users from a great dis­tance.

Thanks to the two men, an un­to­ward ac­ci­dent was averted. If you guys hap­pen to read this, a high­five to both of you. If ever there was any kind of re­ward from the high­way op­er­a­tor for such an act, these two men de­serve it hands down.

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