SINGAPORE — A traffic accident on the Causeway near Woodland Checkpoint on Thursday morning (7 July) resulted in two out of three road lanes blocked.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said the accident took place beyond the international boundary leading to Woodlands Checkpoint, i.e. on Malaysia's side of the Causeway leading to Woodlands.
"Arriving travellers should expect delays. Motorists are advised to follow our Facebook page for updates," said ICA, with an additional update on the situation posted at 11.15am SGT.
ICA updated that the traffic congestion had cleared in another update at noon.
Videos circulating online show a dump truck slowly rolling down the road and into vehicles in its path.
At least eight damaged vehicles can be seen in clips filmed by commuters on board vehicles travelling past the crash site — four cars, one public bus, one van, one sports utility vehicle and one multi-purpose vehicle.
34-year-old driver arrested, urine negative for drugs
In a media statement later in the afternoon, police chief for the southern Johor region Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Raub Selamat said the 34-year-old Malaysian truck driver has been arrested for reckless and dangerous driving. Preliminary analysis of his urine sample found no traces of drugs.
Preliminary investigations show that the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a technical fault with the brakes and there were no reported injuries, he said.
The accident involved 12 vehicles, half of which are Malaysia-registered — one lorry, one bus, one van and nine cars, he added.
The Johor police are also appealing for eyewitnesses to come forward and make a report, or to contact the investigation officer Inspector Zulpaka Bambo at +60 014-8861791.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said in a Facebook post that his ministry will conduct a separate investigation of the incident.
Stern action will be taken against the lorry driver or relevant agency if they are found not to have complied with regulations, he said.
He also urged eyewitnesses to submit evidence such as videos to assist in the investigation.
If found guilty of his holding charge under Malaysia's Road Traffic Act, the driver faces up to five years' jail and a fine of up to $15,000.
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