9-Month Pregnant Woman Dies In Car Crash Believed To Be Caused By Highway Pothole

It is claimed her baby was delivered and is currently in an intensive care unit.

Cover image via Puven Rajandran/New Straits Times & Roslan Khamis/New Straits Times

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A nine-month pregnant woman was killed and her sister was injured after their car crashed into an electrical panel box at KM19.2 on the Pasir Gudang Highway in Johor

According to The Star, Seri Alam police chief Supt Mohd Sohaimi Ishak said the accident occurred at 12.40am on Sunday, 7 January.

He said the car heading towards Pasir Gudang was driven by the 30-year-old sister.

"Investigations revealed that the vehicle was driven from Tebrau and is believed to have lost control before crashing into the panel box at the road divider.

"The driver of the car suffered a minor injury while the 28-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead while being treated at the Sultan Ismail Hospital," he said in a statement yesterday, 9 January.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

A Facebook post claimed that the driver lost control of her vehicle while attempting to avoid a pothole along the highway

Puven Rajandran, a Facebook user who claims to be a family member, blamed the pothole for the accident, and added that it was raining when the crash occurred.

"[She died] just because [they were] avoiding potholes on a slippery rainy night," he wrote.

He questioned the Works Ministry about the road repair works that were supposed to have been carried out on the Pasir Gudang Highway between August and October last year. He also tagged the Crown Prince of Johor in his post, urging action to prevent similar incidents from recurring.

The user also claimed that the baby of the mother involved in the accident has been delivered and is currently at Sultan Ismail Hospital's intensive care unit.

Victims have previously won court cases against the government over unfortunate accidents caused by potholes:

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