Teacher cheats death in car plunge

By Jerry Choong

KAJANG, April 2 — A teacher cheated death and escaped with minor injuries when she lost control of her car and plunged into a sewage works crater in Taman Sri Jelok here on Friday. 

The 25-year-old, who was not identified, was driving through the Kajang Perdana housing area when the incident occurred. She was returning home from school in Alam Damai. 

Kajang district police chief ACP Othman Nanyan said the woman is believed to have lost control of her car when going down a steep incline at a three-way intersection when she rammed through barriers separating the sewage crater from the traffic and plunged into the crater.

“Passers-by rushed to her rescue and managed to get her out,” he said.

The woman is currently undergoing treatment at the Kajang KPJ Hospital for light injuries to her chest and neck, he said, adding that the case had been classified as failure to control vehicle. 

Yesteday, the Malay Mail found that dividers were neatly placed round the the 16-metre deep and one metre wide crater to keep motorists and motorcyclists away.

The car was hauled out of the crate at about 7pm on Friday.

Three workers nearby, who did not want to be identified, claimed the car could have been speeding. 

“We were not here when it happened but looking at it the car must have been going fast for the barriers surrounding the crater to be dislodged,” said one of the men.

“Construction work has been going here until three weeks ago when the work stopped for technical reasons. Since then the site has been left like this,” said another. 

Poster on several of the dividers showed the project was related to the upgrading of the sewage system undertaken by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry and the company Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd.