In a shocking incident captured on video and shared by the St John Muar Ambulance TikTok page, a pickup truck in Malaysia intentionally blocked the path of an ambulance on the Pedas Linggi Highway, heading to Kuala Lumpur.
The video, shot from the perspective of the ambulance, reveals the reckless actions of the pickup truck driver who refused to yield to the emergency vehicle’s siren.
The incident highlights a disturbing trend in Malaysia, where some individuals seem oblivious to the importance of giving way to emergency vehicles. The video is reminiscent of a previous case involving an Avanza that prevented an ambulance from overtaking, resulting in the tragic loss of life. Despite the severity of such incidents, it appears that some drivers are not learning from these harrowing experiences.
Laughing At The Ambulance
In the footage, the pickup truck is seen hogging the fast lane on the highway, callously ignoring the blaring siren of the ambulance behind it. The ambulance driver made multiple attempts to alert the driver, but the pickup truck continued to obstruct its path. The ambulance eventually managed to overtake the obstruction, but not before a considerable delay caused by the inconsiderate actions of the pickup truck driver.
Adding insult to injury, the ambulance crew reported that, after finally giving way, they observed three individuals inside the pickup truck laughing at the emergency responders. The callous behavior displayed by the occupants of the pickup truck has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the lack of awareness regarding the importance of facilitating the swift movement of emergency vehicles.
The St John Muar Ambulance TikTok page shared the video with a caption condemning the incident, stating, “They didn’t learn the lesson of the case of the Avanza that prevented an ambulance from overtaking and causing the loss of life. This time, we found the same species on the Pedas Linggi highway, heading to KL.”
Authorities are investigating the incident, and the video has triggered a wave of public criticism and calls for stricter enforcement of traffic rules, as well as increased public education on the importance of yielding to emergency vehicles. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical role that public awareness and responsible driving play in ensuring the safety of both emergency responders and the general public on the roads.