Lorry driver arrested
THE lorry driver whose vehicle slammed into the back of a parked trailer in Gul Road on Monday, killing four of his passengers, has been arrested.
He was taken into custody a day after his discharge from hospital, police said in response to queries on Wednesday.
The Straits Times understands the 31-year-old Indian national is being investigated for causing death through a rash act, an offence that could land him a jail term lasting up five years and a fine.
In the worst road collision so far this year, Mr Ramaiah was at the wheel of the lorry, ferrying nine foreign workers to a shipyard in Tuas at about 4am on Monday when his vehicle smashed into an illegally-parked trailer laden with concrete beams.
This happened at a spot along Gul Road where the street lamps were unlit because of an underground cable fault.
The impact killed the lorry's front-seat passenger and three workers in the cargo deck. Mr Ramaiah himself had injuries on his face and was taken with the other workers to hospital.
Trailer driver Shukor Ayub, resting in the cabin at the time of the crash, was unhurt.
The 30-year-old Malaysian had parked illegally on the two-way, single-lane road with a central white line. It is understood he has received a summons for the infringement, which carries a fine of $70.
The crash has re-ignited calls for better ways to ferry workers than on the back of lorries. A workgroup co-chaired by the Land Transport Authority and the Manpower Ministry has been looking into this since its set-up was announced last March, but no finding has been reported to date.
In response to queries, the LTA said on Wednesday it will aim to complete the study in four to six months. Noting that the issue is 'complex', the spokesman said: 'The review is taking longer than expected as the study will need to balance the safety and other concerns from the different stakeholder groups, to better understand the potential impact of the recommendations for successful implementation of the measures later.'
i suppose the victim is the lorry driver who also suffer injury cause by an
irresponsible driver who has parked the trailer on a unlit (dark) road. victim
got arrested and possible fine n jail. the culprit cause 4 lives and walk away
with $70 fine.
what a joke!