Thousands of coins scattered as security van carrying money crashes near Simpang Ampat

Kelly Koh

ALOR GAJAH: A highway accident involving a security van and two other heavy vehicles this morning saw thousands of coins in packages strewn on the ground.

In the 5am incident, the three vehicles - a lorry laden with ice cream, a trailer and the security van - were travelling southbound along the North-South Expressway when the accident occurred at KM 208 near Simpang Ampat.

Malacca Fire and Rescue Department Senior Assistant Fire Superintendent Mohd Tajuddin Jaafar said 10 firemen were dispatched to the scene upon receiving a distress call at 5.23am.

"When we arrived at scene, we found three men in the security van pinned to their seats and unable to escape.

"However, they were still conscious," he told the New Straits Times, today.

Firemen worked to extricate the victims from the wreckage for 40 minutes, using a hydraulic ram, before referring the victims to the Malacca Hospital.

A lorry attendant, who sustained light injuries to his leg, was also referred to the hospital.

His driver was uninjured and another trailer driver also escaped unhurt.

"There was a slight jam along the highway but the situation was quickly brought under control as the traffic volume was low when the accident occurred.

"We also cannot gauge how many coins were on the ground following the accident, but there weren't that many," he added.

It is estimated that about RM20,000 was being transported by the security van.