Move to boost safety along expressway

By THE STAR | 18 January 2015

PARIT BUNTAR: The Perak government will meet with the Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad (PLUS) management to discuss the beefing-up of safety features such as lighting up accident-prone stretches along the North-South Expressway, said state public transport committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

“I will carry out a site inspection with PLUS personnel to identify the dangerous stretches, especially the part between Tapah and Gua Tempurung.

“In fact, even before the fatal accident which claimed eight lives on Thursday, I told PLUS of my concern about the poorly-lit stretches along the highway,” he said after presenting a RM2,000 aid to each of the eight victims’ families here yesterday.

The Bagan Serai MCA division also gave out an additional RM300 to each family.

During the incident, a group of tourists comprising mostly senior citizens took a bus to Genting Highlands for a one-day trip.

The bus driver M. Jayagunasgaran, 40, lost control of the vehicle when trying to avoid a tyre left on the highway and swerved to the left, collided with a stationary car and overturned before landing in a ditch.

The bus then burst into flames, killing seven passengers and the driver.