Five heavy vehicles were involved in a crash near Simpang Pulai, Perak last night, 23 June
According to New Straits Times, the incident took place at KM288.6 of the North-South Expressway.
A spokesperson from the Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said their team was alerted regarding the incident at 10.01pm.
A video of the scene has made its rounds on social media.
However, the man behind the camera in the viral clip states that 10 vehicles were involved, which is untrue.
The spokesperson explained that a team of firemen from Simpang Pulai, assisted by the Fire and Rescue Department's Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat) from Pasir Puteh, were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, they found that five lorries were involved in the accident, including a tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The Hazmat team from Pasir Puteh were there to ensure no chemical leak was detected on the LPG tank.
The crash resulted in one man dead while four others sustained injuries to their bodies
"Two people were pinned to their seats and we managed to help one victim who sustained injuries to his legs while another was pronounced dead at the scene," the Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson explained to New Straits Times.
Meanwhile, Perak Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Supt Azizan Hassan told The Star that the deceased, Ahmad American Ahmad Danial, was heading north in his tanker from Pasir Puteh, Ipoh, before losing control of his vehicle and ramming into a lorry.
The lorry which the tanker hit then slid forward and crashed into three other lorries.
"The 47-year-old lorry driver suffered from chest pains, while a 27-year-old assistant lorry driver and a 34-year-old driver of another vehicle sustained hand and leg injuries respectively," he added.
Firemen had to use special equipment to get the victims out of their vehicles and the operation ended at 1.10am
All the victims were taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for further treatment and the deceased's body was handed to the police for further action.
The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.