Ambulance in Johor Baru crashes into Singapore-registered taxi

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An ambulance ferrying a patient crashed into a Singapore-registered taxi along Jalan Skudai Pantai Lido here while on its way to Hospital Sultanah Aminah.

The ambulance was travelling along the far right lane of the road when the Singapore-registered taxi from the opposite lane proceeded to make a U-turn at a traffic light into the lane despite the ambulance blasting its siren at around 2pm here on April 8.

Johor Baru South deputy OCPD Supt Abdul Wahib Musa said that the ambulance could not stop in time to avoid the taxi and hit the back of the sedan.

"The ambulance driver tried to swerve away after that and crashed into the traffic light and concrete road divider in the middle of the busy road," he said.

He said that the ambulance driver and passenger suffered from minor injuries but the patient, a 16-year-old boy from Taman Nusa Bestari, was not injured in the crash.

Supt Wahid added that the Singaporean taxi driver was unhurt.

He said that the case was being investigated under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for dangerous driving and causing injuries.