Trailer cause of traffic mayhem in Jonker Walk

The damage caused by the 14-wheeler in Jonker Walk, Malacca.

MALACCA - A trailer operated by a man believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol damaged several properties at the iconic Jonker Walk area here.

The 14-wheeler carrying four tonnes of plastic pallets was turning left into Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock from Casa del Rio Hotel when it got stuck at the intersection, causing parts of the wall and roof of the corner shoplot to collapse.

The driver then reversed the trailer and drove into the narrow Jalan Hang Kasturi, going against traffic as it is a one-way street, damaging the front roof and steel drain covers of at least six shoplots, as well as the wall of a corner unit at the Jalan Hang Kasturi-Jonker Walk intersection.

An advertisement board mounted on a pole in front of the unit also came crashing down.

The trailer, with a puncture on its front left tyre, finally came to a stop after snagging some electric wires when it was trying to make a right turn into Jonker Walk.

The mayhem started at about 10pm on Tuesday and it was past midnight when the trailer was finally removed and escorted by police to Jalan Kota Laksamana. A representative from the logistics company was earlier called in to move the trailer.

Melaka Tengah Deputy OCPD Supt Razali Bakar said the driver had been taken to Melaka Hospital for blood tests.