Human error, not road condition to blame for Penang 'wrong way' crash

AUDREY DERMAWAN


GEORGE TOWN: Human error has been identified as the factor behind a fatal crash involving six vehicles on the North-South Expressway yesterday, which claimed one life.


This was the initial finding by the Road Safety Department of Malaysia, Penang.


Department director Muhamad Husni Mahmud said a team was sent to the scene to carry out investigations.


"We found nothing wrong with the stretch of road.


"The fatal accident was caused by human error," he said during an inspection at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway at noon today.


The department's role, in any accident, is to inspect the scene and investigate the road condition and other safety aspects. An audit would then be performed on the affected stretch and recommendations would be made on improvements.


Husni said they would audit their findings and make recommendations to the relevant authorities.


Meanwhile, he also expressed his anger over the incident which claimed an innocent life.


"We urge police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring the culprit to book," he added.


In the 7.50am incident, a 19-year-old woman, believed to be drunk and high on methamphetamine, drove her car at high speed against the flow of traffic along the NSE after the Sungai Dua toll on mainland Butterworth, and triggered a multiple vehicle collision.


Her Proton Gen 2 struck the Perodua Kelisa driven by Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26, which led a chain of other collisions.


Fandi died on the spot due to severe head and bodily injuries.


The woman and four other vehicle drivers escaped with minor injuries.