Truck crashes into road dividers in another highway accident

A speeding truck crashed into the dividers separating the lanes on the highway connected to the Sinamale bridge.

Police said the accident occurred past 4am on Wednesday where the speeding truck lost control and crashed into the road dividers.

Around 40 feet of the dividers have been completely destroyed, police said.

The truck was also damaged in the incident but no one was injured, police added.

Police over the past few months have stepped up traffic control measures on the newly opened Sinamale Bridge linking the capital Male to the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale via the airport island Hulhule after a spate of accidents especially on the highway.

The government meanwhile is set to introduce a helmet rule on the bridge and the highway in an effort to protect motorists.

The bridge dubbed China-Maldives Friendship bridge before being renamed to Sinamale bridge was financed with USD126 million in grant aid and a concessionary loan from China along with USD12.6 million from the state budget.

The over water bridge stretch out to 1.39 kilometers in length and 20 meters in width.

Since the bridge was opened there have been reports of multiple accidents especially on the highway which links the bridge to the reclaimed suburb.