UPDATE: The lorry driver has surrendered to the police. He was released after his statement was recorded. He will be charged in court Tuesday for reckless driving under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 and a maximum jail term of one year, if convicted.
NIBONG TEBAL: An angry lorry driver, who found his path blocked by several cars at a market in Taman Berjaya here, rammed his way through, damaging 18 vehicles in the process.
Most of the cars damaged belonged to market-goers, who had parked along Lorong Rajawali 2, where the lorry was also believed to have been parked.
However, no one was hurt in the incident, which happened at about 9am yesterday.
It was believed that the lorry had been parked along the narrow road leading to the market, since Saturday night.
An eyewitness said the lorry driver tried to move his vehicle yesterday morning but the path was blocked by the cars.
“Angered because he could not move his lorry, the driver hit a car on his way out. We tried to stop him but he ignored us and continued to ram the lorry into the other cars parked there.
“Before we knew it, he was already out on the open road,” the eyewitness said.
The lorry was later discovered near a banana plantation, not far from the scene of the incident, but the driver was not found.
One of the car owners, Lim Hai Shun said he was at an association meeting not far away when he heard some commotion.
“Somebody came in and alerted us about the incident.
“When I got to my car, it was already a wreck,” said the 60-year-old retiree.
South Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad said in a statement here yesterday that investigations revealed that the lorry was registered with a construction company based in George Town.
“As of 4pm, out of the 18 damaged cars, seven car owners have lodged police reports at the district’s traffic police division.
“Police will be investigating the case either under Section 43 or Section 44 of the Road Transport Act 1987. Police are still looking for the driver,” said Supt Wan Hassan.