BUKIT MERTAJAM: A woman, believed to be drunk and high on meth, drove her car against the flow of traffic along the North-South Expressway (NSE) after the Sungai Dua toll, and triggered a fatal accident this morning following a multiple vehicle collision.
One person was killed in the 7.50am accident, which involved six vehicles.
The accident took place at KM 134 of the NSE, from Seberang Jaya heading towards Kepala Batas.
It is learnt that the 19-year-old woman, driving a Proton Gen 2, was earlier involved in another accident with an MPV at the Sungai Dua toll. In her bid to escape, she then entered the opposite lane and sped off.
Her presence on the opposite lane created chaos among other drivers. Her car was on the fast lane, forcing other drivers to swerve out of the way.
However, her luck ran out when she rammed into a Perodua Kelisa, driven by Mohamad Fandi Rosli.
It is learnt that Mohamad Fandi, 26, had just finished his overnight shift at his workplace and was driving home to Sungai Petani.
The Gen 2 ploughed into Mohamad Fandi’s Kelisa, causing it to spin to the left lane and ram into three other vehicles.
Mohamad Fandi died at the scene.
Four others were injured in the accident.
It is learnt that the woman sustained light injuries. She and the others received treatment at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.
A video clip of the gripping scene has since circulated on social media. Recorded from another car, the video depicts the Gen 2 speeding against traffic flow, with other cars swerving to avoid it.
The second part of the video shows the aftermath of the accident. The Gen 2’s front is crumpled, while other vehicles, including the Kelisa, lay in ruins by the wayside.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan said the woman had been detained to assist investigations.
Police later confirmed that the woman tested positive for methamphetamine.