Driver in fatal Malaysian highway collapse was on meth: Police

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The driver who crashed a trailer into a construction site, causing the scaffolding and part of a bridge to collapse and injure several people, has tested positive for drugs and has been arrested.

The unnamed 40-year-old driver tested positive for meth and will remain in police custody, traffic police official Zulkefly Yahya told reporters today, a day after the evening incident at the site of the upcoming Sungai Besi–Ulu Klang Elevated (SUKE) highway injured five people, of which two women later died of their injuries.

“The driver has been arrested and will be remanded under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act by the Dang Wangi Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department,” Zulkefly said. Authorities have since cleared the mess, allowing smooth traffic this morning.

The incident happened at around 6pm along the popular highway on Middle Ring Road 2, or MRR2, causing traffic congestion that went as far back as 2 kilometers. The remaining three victims were seriously injured. The area was cleaned up by 9am, according to SUKE’s announcement in a tweet this morning.

The MRR2 highway is 50 kilometers long and connects most of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

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Firemen at the scene of the collapse. Photo: Info Roadblock JPJ Polis
Firemen at the scene of the collapse. Photo: Info Roadblock JPJ Polis

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