GEORGE TOWN, Mar 6 – A tipper truck laden with sand lost control and rammed the side divider of the 20-feet long concrete edge of the first Penang Bridge at KM1.0 heading towards the island early this morning caused traffic congestion.
Although the tipper truck, which collided with the bridge’s barrier at 3.30am on Tuesday, has been cleared out of the path, traffic is still slow moving on the bridge.
Central Seberang Prai district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Hamid said there were no casualties in the 3.30am incident. The 31-year-old lorry driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the nearby Seberang Jaya hospital for treatment.
Vehicles on several areas on the mainland leading up to the bridge were caught in a traffic jam, and the congestion on the North-South Expressway was reported to extend all the way up to Permatang Pauh, leaving many potentially late for work.
After the overturned vehicle was removed, the traffic situation resumed to normal at 9.30am. Police are still investigating the incident while the case will be investigated under the Road Transport Act 1987. — PN