Having seen so many accidents on the road during my Kuching - Serian journey, there is a tendency for one to get immune when one sees another accident scene after another. But when I saw that one of it involved a school bus, I had to stop as it may involve some school children. The accident had just happened minutes before I arrived at the scene. The black oil on the road was still steaming.
Where it happened: The accident occurred near the junction of the JPJ (Road Transport Department) office. In the Google map above the JPJ is not there yet
That's the hazard of driving and I believe each and everyone of us who sits behind the wheels of any of this machines has to ensure that everything is fine. When I say everything it means it really means everything - be it the condition of the car, the condition of your mind, the weather - EVERYTHING. But you may be careful about EVERYTHING, the other person behind the wheels of the vehicle in front of you or at the back of you may not have considered EVERYTHING - which is why accidents occur. Being a road warrior, there are times when driving down under the worst of conditions is unavoidable. Sometimes while driving your handphone rings and you inform the caller at the other end who may be calling from a nice air conditioned restaurant (that you are driving) who has something urgent to talk with you and it cannot wait, say 'His pet kitten has some serious symptoms of bird flu disease, which is a danger to mankind if there is an inter species epidemic'. Even if you tell these persistent people that you are driving, they will drag on and on and if you hang up on them they will scold you for being rude. Damn! I don't know you but I get a lot of these calls. I guess if an insurance telemarketeer called me while my car was spinning out of control in the middle of the road, just '10 secs' before impact with an approaching oil tanker , I would have said yes immediately to a RM1million insurance coverage over the phone.
Driving at night (as seen in the above video of my driving at night during one of my Sri Aman to Kuching trip) is also an unbelievable experience for those who wish view how driving conditions here are between Sri Aman and Serian at night - add some heavy rain for some more exciting effects. Minus those lights you have along the Kuala Lumpur International Airport - Kuala Lumpur Highway. You are only guided by the occassional lightning, the middle of the road marking and the lights from approaching vehicles. Sometimes you have to identify if you have veered off into the wrong side of the road by identifying the grass or the feeling that the tyre had hit some earth. These situations can be avoided if one plans ahead for the journey. Just an advice to those who are somewhere in Headquarters they cannot inform us of a impending meeting 24 hours before it's about to take place. But its unavoidable when you do get urgent calls from Headquarters late at night requesting that you return to Kuching to attend an emergency meeting, say for example, to discuss on the case of some cat that may have caught the bird flu virus. Phew!