KUALA LUMPUR: Transport minister Loke Siew Fook said he has ordered the road transport department (JPJ) to investigate whether the lorry that caused a pile-up which left two dead earlier today, was overloaded.
He said based on the pictures he saw, the lorry “seemed quite loaded”.
“So we will definitely probe that aspect.
“Because if it was overloaded, it would affect its brakes,” he told reporters after an event at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) here.
In the 10.15am incident, the lorry crashed into several vehicles in Putrajaya including a police outrider’s motorcycle, killing two motorcyclists on the spot.
Based on the CCTV footage of the incident, several cars were stopped on the highway to make way for police outriders escorting a convoy.
Putrajaya police chief Asmadi Abdul Aziz said a lorry then attempted to change lanes and failed to brake in time, crashing into six cars, three motorcycles, a police outrider’s motorcycle and two lorries.
Loke also clarified that the convoy was a rehearsal for the Le Tour de Langkawi cycling event, and did not involve any VIPs.
“This was confirmed to me by (youth and sports minister) Hannah Yeoh,” he said.
Loke added that his ministry would continue to step up enforcement and review regulations to ensure the roads would be safer for everyone.
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