25,000 litres of acid spilled in fatal tanker lorry accident


PETALING JAYA: A tanker driver was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle collision at Km251.6 North-South Expressway (PLUS) near the Senawang toll at 3am today.

The tanker lorry, which had overturned, spilled 25,000 litres of acid and chemicals onto the highway.

The accident is believed to have occurred when the tanker lorry, driven by a man in his 30s, collided with a Toyota carrying two women.

“The tanker driver died at the scene while the two women in the Toyota Vios vehicle were seriously injured and sent to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban for treatment,” State Fire and Rescue assistant director (Operation) Ahmad Mukhlis Mokhtar told Bernama

The body of the victim was also brought to the hospital for a post-mortem.

Ahmad Mukhlis said 20 personnel from the fire stations in Senawang, Seremban 2 and Rembau rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 3am.

According to a report in the New Straits Times, PLUS had temporarily closed the expressway in both directions for cleanup operations by the Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat).

A PLUS spokesperson said southbound motorists can exit Bandar Ainsdale or the Seremban toll exit and re-enter the highway at Simpang Empat; and vice versa for northbound motorists.