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LORRY DRIVER WHO CAUSED 7 HOUR TRAFFIC JAM @ KPE, UNDER POLICE INVESTIGATIONS

A lorry driver allegedly caused a 7-hour traffic jam at the Nicoll Highway entrance to the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on 24 October, after heavy metal plates fell from his lorry and onto the road.

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The police are reportedly investigating the driver for allegedly failing to secure the metal plates inside the vehicle.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that they were alerted to the incident on MOnday at about 4.45pm, at the KTP tunnel entrance.

LTA said that the slip road leading to the entrance was impassable due to the heavy metal plates, and that they deployed traffic marshals and vehicle recovery services to the site.

The slip road was then closed and affected vehicles were guided out.

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LTA said that “preliminary assessment was that the metal plates could have fallen off from a lorry, and this was confirmed when the driver of the lorry subsequently returned to the incident site with lifting equipment to retrieve the metal plates.”

The surface of the road was also damaged by the heavy metal plates, and LTA had to carry out roadworks and resurface the affected parts of the road, resulting in a 7-hour jam.

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