Friday November 7, 2014
PASIR GUDANG: A massive "accident" involving five vehicles including two tankers left at least two men dead and several others injured during a mock drill here.
The vehicles, comprising a motorcycle, a car and a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), had rammed into two tankers along Jalan Pekeliling.
One of the tankers, from Lafarge transporter, was carrying pulverised fuel ash (PFA) while the other from Felda Global Ventures (FGV) was transporting crude palm oil (CPO).
The accident occurred when a car, which was trying to overtake one of the tankers lost control and turned turtle causing the massive vehicle pile-up.
The car driver, known as Saharudin Mun, 29, said that he would be more careful when driving in future.
"I learned today that a small mistake or a misjudgement can not just harm me but other road users as well," he said, adding that although it was merely a drill but it was still a frightening experience.
The mock drill was jointly organised by both Lafarge Malaysia and FGV.
Lafarge Malaysia supply chain and strategic sourcing vice president Paul Yap said that emergency response was important and each year they picked different locations to enhance their preparedness.
"We have been having such drills since four years ago," he said.
The exercise, which lasted for about one hour, involved some 32 personnel from Pasir Gudang fire and rescue department, two ambulances from Hospital Sultan Ismail and about 10 police personnel.
Malaysia Road Safety Department (JKJR) director general of road safety Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah said he encouraged companies and agencies to hold such drills to create public awareness towards road safety.
He also stressed that JKJR did not just have safety campaigns during festive seasons but also regularly including in schools.