Two hurt in nine-vehicle pile-up

SLIM RIVER - Two people were injured while 12 others escaped unscathed in an accident involving nine vehicles along the North-South Expressway, near here.

Tanjung Malim OCPD Supt Othman Nanyan said one of the injured was the lorry attendant who suffered severe hip injuries.

"The lorry was carrying a load of durians," Supt Othman said.

A woman, who was driving a Perodua Myvi, suffered minor injuries. Both the victims were treated at the Silm River Hospital following the 6am incident yesterday.

Supt Othman said the pile-up could have stemmed from a collision between the durian-laden lorry and another south-bound lorry. "That lorry was carrying baskets filled with sawit kisar (brayed palm oil kernels)," he said.

He said apparently, the lorry laden with the durians rammed into the rear of the other lorry, which was travelling on the fast lane.

"The impact caused the crushed kernels to fall off the lorry," he said, adding that the spilled cargo then made the road slippery.

"This led to the other vehicles losing control and crashing into a drain and road dividers," Supt Othman said.

Another lorry, a tow truck, a tanker and four cars were the other vehicles involved in the pile-up.

The Slim River fire and rescue department cleared the road of the kernels by 7.45am.