On Thursday (2 June), two motorists were killed after they were struck by a lorry while changing a flat tyre by the side of the road.
The incident was reported to have happened in Bukit Rotan at KM11.5 of Jalan Kuala Selangor heading towards Kuala Lumpur at around 4.40 pm.
According to Utusan Malaysia, Kuala Selangor police chief Superintendent Ramli Kasa said an initial investigation revealed the driver of the Preve to be a man working for the Health Ministry (KKM).
He said the 55-year-old driver was believed to have his tyre punctured and pulled over to the side of the road to change his tyre. A 40-year-old motorist in a Proton Wira later stopped to help him.
“Not long after, a lorry coming from Kuala Selangor is believed to have failed to avoid the two men and hit them, resulting in their deaths at the location,” said Ramli.
He added that both the victims were reported to have died at the scene due to severe injuries and were taken to Tanjong Karang Hospital (HTK) for post-mortem.
Based on the dashcam footage, the lorry is believed to have collided with a car that was in its front blind spot, which led to it hitting the victims before stopping on the shoulder of the road.
Ramli said the case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
What should you do if you get a flat tyre?
We’ll sometimes find small and sharp objects on the road that can cause a flat tyre. However, you should remain calm in such a situation and follow the following steps.
- Keep calm and do not step on the accelerator
- Do not step on the brakes suddenly
- Hold tight to the steering wheel and control your car accordingly
- Lower the gears and gradually step on the brakes
- Turn on the hazard light
- Place a traffic cone in front of your vehicle, make sure to keep some distance to it
Meanwhile, you’ll need to make sure that your surrounding is safe before you change the tires.
Stay safe on the road!