JOHOR BAHARU – The roof of a pedestrian bridge at the Perling-Pasir Gudang Highway nearby Taman Kobena was blown off in a heavy downpour at about 4.30 pm yesterday, causing two men and three women to be injured.
Johor Baharu Fire and Rescue Department senior operations commander Omera Omar said two cars, a lorry and a motorcycle passing through the highway were damaged in the incident.
“Two men and three women were injured. The men were the driver of the one-tonne lorry who is in his 50s and the other the driver of a car in his 30s,” he told reporters at the scene.
He said the three women, all in their 30s, were in one car, a Toyota Vios.
Firemen rescued the lorry driver who was trapped in his cabin and rushed him to a nearby hospital while the rest of the injured were assisted by passing motorists, he said.
He added that the department had despatched a fire engine with nine personnel upon receiving a call on the incident at 4.36 pm and arrived at the site at 5.05 pm.
Meanwhile, Johor Baharu North police chief ACP Mohd Khamsani Abd Rahman said policemen were despatched to control traffic in the aftermath of the incident.
The pedestrian bridge links Taman Melati and Taman Kobena in Tampoi, Johor Baharu.
The driver of a Honda Jazz car who escaped injury in the incident said he was thankful nothing serious happened to him.
Only wanting to be known as Tan, 30, he said he was on his way from Desa Tebrau to Tampoi when all of a sudden the roof of the pedestrian bridge came flying down and hit his car.
“I stopped my car and tried to open the door but it was stuck. Panicked I broke down the car window on my side and escaped to safety,” Tan, who is married, told reporters at the scene.
He sustained light injuries in the shoulder and head.
Later, when visiting the scene, state Public Works, Urban and Rural Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state government would direct the Public Works Department (JKR) to inspect all pedestrian bridges in the state to ensure such an incident did not recur.
He said said JKR would also lead the investigation into today’s incident.
“We are fortunate no one was killed. The safety aspects will have to be looked into particularly billboards installed on
pedestrian bridges,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, 25 personnel from the Johor Baharu City Council assisted by employees of the company having billboards on the bridge were busy cleaning up the debris to so as to allow smooth traffic flow to return. – Bernama