'Balik kampung' crawl on Malaysia's highways

'Balik kampung' crawl on Malaysia's highways
Major congestion : The LDP towards Puchong was reduced to a crawl as many motorists made an early start for their hometowns.

PETALING JAYA - Traffic slowed to a crawl at several areas along the North-South Expressway and the Karak Highway as city folk began the trip back to their hometowns for the Hari Raya celebrations.

The weekend before the Hari Raya public holidays prompted many urbanites to balik kampung yesterday, causing traffic to come to a crawl at some points from as early as noon.

A Malaysian Highway Authority spokesman said traffic was at a standstill at the Gombak toll, the entry point for the KL-Karak Highway heading towards Pahang.

There was also congestion at the Jabur toll plaza.

"Traffic has been slow-moving from Tapah to Gua Tempurung, and an accident at KM109.5 from Sungai Petani to Bertam caused slow traffic for about 2km," she said.

According to the PLUS traffic monitoring centre, traffic was at a crawl from Menora Tunnel to Kuala Kangsar, Gopeng to Simpang Pulai, Juru to Sg Dua, Slim River to Sungkai, and both sides of the Penang bridge.

"A stalled lorry at KM138.8 from Juru to Sg Dua obstructed the left lane, causing a 3km crawl.

"Also, a lorry caught fire at KM294.5 from Gopeng to Simpang Pulai, leading to a 5km-long jam," said a spokesman from the centre.

South-bound traffic woes were mostly from Nilai to Seremban and Sedenak to Pulai Jaya after an accident at KM32.6.

On the Johor causeway, traffic was also busy on all lanes heading into Singapore and on the heavy vehicle lane coming into Malaysia.

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