January 5, 2016

moronic drivers

Know how I spent my first Sunday in 2016? In the aftermath of this mess:

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Two injured in eight-vehicle pile-up on NSE
IPOH: A 47-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were injured in an eight-vehicle pile-up, which included an express bus, at the 263km mark of the North-South Expressway (NSE) on Sunday.

The woman suffered minor injuries on her hands, while the man had light injuries on his legs and face during the pile-up, which took place at 5.30pm on the southbound lane.

Six others escaped unscathed.

The vehicles involved were a Proton Exora, a Perodua Viva, a Suzuki Swift, a Proton Preve, a Naza Forte, two Perodua MyVis and a Scania bus.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said the Exora was headed from Grik to Kuala Lumpur when the driver slowed down due to traffic congestion in the area.

“The injured woman, who was travelling in her Perodua Viva behind the Exora, could not brake in time and hit the car in front of her.

“Following that, the Swift, Preve, Forte, one MyVi and the express bus collided into each other in sequence because they could not stop in time too,” he said.

ACP Sum also said the injured man in his MyVi had tried to swerve into the left lane to avoid hitting into the car in front of him.

“But he ended up ramming another MyVi on that lane,” he said.

No arrests were made, and the weather was good at the time of the incident, added ACP Sum.

2 hours’s worth of jam from the bend before the Menora tunnel all the way to almost Jelapang. That’s close 7 – 8 km of jam.

I was supposed to be on my way to Ipoh (from Penang), as my father in law was having an emergency at the hospital. He was eventually discharged with observation when I reached Ipoh. What a fucking bummer.

When I read that the accident involved cars like Exora, Viva or MyVi, I wasn’t really surprised because I saw fuckloads of those morons (in those model of cars) speeding like they’re mad near the hills around that tunnel.

Now, that area in the whole stretch of NSE, is infamous as the traffic ‘death zone’ (yeah, pretty much like the death zone past 8000 meters at Everest. Only that this is at much lower altitude and kills more people). Negotiating turns around the sharp bends there at high speed, especially when it’s downhill, is a recipe for disaster. Couple that with shitty cars like a Viva or Myvi (or even Exora), it’s like these people are begging to meet their makers sooner when they speed. (how do I know they sped? I saw the wreck, you numbnuts. They look like the Decepticons had them totaled. Low speed crash won’t total a car like that).

I have to say I am impressed that no one got killed in the accident. I reckoned that there would have been fatalities from the way the whole thing looked. Hope those morons take this new lease of life as an opportunity to be less of a nuisance to the community…

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