Driver arrested after truck mishap causes massive jam

Driver arrested after truck mishap causes massive jam
Traffic was backed up after a trailer rammed into an overhead road sign and divider before overturning.

JOHOR BARU - A truck driver was arrested after he lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a road divider, causing an overhead sign to collapse and forcing a major road to be closed for seven hours.

The 27-year-old, who was high on syabu, was delivering furniture from Muar when the vehicle rammed into the divider and fell on its side at the 8.5km mark of Jalan Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam, near Bandar Baru Uda, at 5.20am yesterday.

Johor Baru (North) deputy OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai said the incident caused an 8km-long crawl from Sku¬dai heading into and out of the city.

The crash caused the signboard's pole to break and collapse, blocking both sides of the road.

He added that the driver, who received treatment at a hospital, tested positive for syabuand has been arrested.

Supt Beh said the driver, who lives in Skudai Kiri, possessed a valid licence and was on his way to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas to deliver the goods.

"With the help from the Fire and Rescue Department and MBJB (Johor Baru City Council), we managed to cut the fallen electric cables and moved the signboard.

"The road was cleared of debris and traffic resumed at 1.30pm," he said, adding that no other casualties were reported.

He said the driver would be remanded for investigations under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving and Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act for the consumption of dangerous drugs.

Johor Baru Fire and Rescue Depart¬ment operations officer Nazaruddin Yusof said 11 personnel were sent to the scene as there was also a diesel leakage reported at the location.

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