Two more deaths at 'killer stretch'

Two more deaths at 'killer stretch'
Dangerous spot: Divers pulling out the body of the Nigerian driver.
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CYBERJAYA - It was an eerie case of deja vu.

Just a month after a police officer was killed after he drove his car into a mining pond behind the sharp bend of an unlit Puchong Permai road, two other men died in the same way at the same spot yesterday.

The Sepang Municipal Council said work was expected to begin next week to install lights, a fence and a warning sign along Jalan Meranti Permai to avoid future accidents.

Sepang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Ali said the driver, an uniden­tified Nigerian, was driving down the road at about 9.40am yesterday when witnesses saw his Proton Persona hit the dirt ramp at the edge of the road and go airborne.

The car flew about 10m above the pond before crashing into the water.

A Fire and Rescue Department diving team found the car about 15m deep in the pond and pulled the driver out at about 1pm.

"We pulled out the car from the pond later and found another body inside it. He is of African descent but has not been identified."

He said the accident was of concern because the road was "clearly a hazard".

"Just last month, a police officer was driving and crashed into the pond because it is a sharp road and the road is dark at night," he added.

ACP Abdul Aziz also said police would test the driver for alcohol and drugs, as the road was well-lit in the daytime when the accident happened yesterday.

Sepang district officer Roslina Md Jani said the Sepang Municipal Council would hire a contractor to do safety works along that stretch by next week.

"We will install a fence at the area between the road bend and the pond and erect a warning sign. Street lights will be put up as well," she said.

On May 2, narcotics officer Asst Supt V. Sivanathan was killed when he drove a police vehicle into the mining pond while out on patrol in the dark road at about 9.55pm.

The car was fished out two days later.

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