Palm oil spill causes multiple accidents

BINTULU: A leaking palm oil tanker is believed to have caused accidents involving at least 15 vehicles on Tuesday morning.Lasa Tidam, 37, from Uma Bakah, Sungai Asap said he was driving from Belaga to Bintulu when he witnessed several of the accidents caused by the greasy road surface.

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS: Left picture shows a badly damaged Toyota Innova while picture at right shows a four-wheel drive vehicle which landed on its side after the driver lost control due to the greasy conditions.

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS: Left picture shows a badly damaged Toyota Innova while picture at right shows a four-wheel drive vehicle which landed on its side after the driver lost control due to the greasy conditions.

He said the heavy rain made the situation worse and he also almost lost control of his vehicle.
Lasa said he saw yellow fluid on the road surface coming all the way from a palm oil factory, when he stopped at a junction about 20 minutes drive from his longhouse.

A fruit stall owner at the road junction told him that a red-coloured tanker had driven past the area.

Driving cautiously to Bintulu with his nephew, Lasa said he saw the accidents.

“There were 4×4 vehicles, sedan and MPV cars, lorry, bus and even two motorcycles among the vehicles involved in separate accidents.

“This careless driver of the leaky palm oil tanker endangered other motorists and I hope the department concerned will look into this matter thoroughly in order to avoid similar incidents occurring in the future,” he said.

Besides taking pictures, he said he also took samples of the liquid on the road which looked like palm oil.

“From what I can tell, the spill started from Bakun Road, all the way down to the Bintulu Hospital Road,” said Lasa.

Lasa said he went to the police one-stop centre here as soon as he arrived to lodge a report, but was told he needed to lodge reports with the agencies involved with the environment.

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