Thursday, 22 November 2012

Four highway workers killed after trailer crashes into them

IPOH: Four Projek Penyelenggaraan Lebuhraya Berhad (Propel) workers were killed and four others seriously injured after a trailer crashed into them at KM294 of the North-South Expressway near Gopeng.

Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said three workers died on-the-spot while the fourth died at the hospital after the 4.30am accident yesterday.

The victims have been identified as Hafez Yunus, 39, from Kuala Lumpur, Ismady Mohd Rodzi, 32, from Kulim, Kedah, Shaharuddin Abd Aziz, 51, from Kuala Kangsar, and Mohd Shafie Ismail, 56, from Ipoh.

DCP Mohd Shukri said four other workers, the trailer driver and the co-driver were injured.

Those injured have been identified as Dino Azmi, 36, Mohd Rozi Mat Sharif, 44, Azhan Ismail, 44, Mahyuddin Idris, 48, Zulkifli Mohd Noor, 41, and Shafudin Abdul Jalil, 31.

“The workers were about to start some maintenance work along the left side of that stretch.

“They had placed cones on the road to warn motorists,” he told newsmen after the state police contingent's monthly gathering here yesterday.

DCP Mohd Shukri said Zulkifli, the driver of the trailer, which was carrying junk food, might not have been aware of the cones as he was driving down a hilly slope.

“The trailer crashed into several parked vehicles belonging to Propel, including a Proton Iswara, Mitsubishi Triton, a Nissan van and a one-tonne lorry that was carrying equipment,” he said.

“The road was also wet,” he added.

He said Zulkifli was still being treated at the hospital and would later be remanded to facilitate investigations.


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