A lorry driver died in a freak accident after he drove into a vehicle height-limit signboard, causing it to fall onto the driver’s cabin of the lorry.
It is reported that the impact of the crash caused the overhead section of the signboard to come loose, before collapsing down onto the driver’s cabin of the lorry.
The incident took place at Persiaran Paya Terubong 2 in Bayan Lepas on Wednesday (28 September) and the 48-year-old driver is said to have been pinned to his seat for upwards of 20 minutes before passing away in the wreckage of his lorry.
According to NST, the Paya Terubong fire and rescue station received a distress call about the incident at 3.20 pm and immediately dispatched a rescue team to the scene.
Operations officer Khairul Anuar Abd Rahim said they had to use a special rescue tool to extricate the victim from underneath the collapsed signboard and managed to successfully free him at 3.46 pm.
“However, he was confirmed dead by paramedics who arrived at the scene,” Khairul said.
His body was then handed over to the police for further action.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the road is only for light vehicles, with the signboard indicating that only those measuring under 2.6-metres in height were allowed to pass through.
While the lorry cabin was believed to be lower than the height limit, the container it carried behind was taller than 2.6m.
Here’s a reminder for all drivers to take note of the height of their vehicle, especially when your car is carrying a load on the roof.