It was raining that afternoon as we reached Karak Highway after leaving my niece at Second College, University Malaya.
As I was manoevering an S bend at Km 71 I felt my Citra was losing its grip on the slippery road. It suddenly spinned may be two or three time on the inner side of the curve, hitting the concrete divider a few times.
I did not apply the brake at all, but just tried to control the spinning car by holding on tightly to the steering wheel.
My wife was shouting "Abah! Abah!
The car stopped with its front end facing the on-coming cars!
I was numb-struck, did not react as fast as I would want to.
I just sat there in my seat for a few seconds.
Diyana leaned against the steering wheel and pushed hard on the horn, warning the on-coming cars about our stalled car.
The I woke up from the numbness. I tried to start the car but could not (later I realized why - the gear was still on the Drive mode!).
A tow-truck operator was shouting from the divider for us to get out of the car fast. That we did, but crossing the busy highway was not that easy.
My wife was sobbing near the divider. Diyana held her and tried to calm her down.
My wife and Diyana got into the MTD car. Surpsisingly the officers of MTD just sat there doing nothing. Surprising us more they just drove off the scene of the accident as if they did nit care.
Seven cars were involved in the one-by-one spinning accident. First it was a Volvo. Then it was us followed by a Wira, An Iswara, a Gen-2 and I forgot about the make of the other three cars.
All of us thought that the tow-truck operators most probably was responsible for the accidents. A spray of oil on the road could easily have done that desired effect!
With the hazard lights on I drove the car to Karak Police Station. Writing the police report was easy with the help of the attending constable. But waiting for the AIO was painful.
After more than two hours he came. All he did was to take pictues of our cars. Without further investigation, he wrote us police summons under Rule 10 - not handling the car well.
Could you imagine how I had felt!
I let my driver from Bentung to drive my car back to Bentung office. I drove home in a Nissan X-trail still feeling the phobia effect of the accident.
Thank God we were safe. So too were all the drivers of the seven ill-fated cars.