In a freak accident that took place at KM156.1 of the North-South Expressway in Jawi, Penang about 7.30am on Saturday, 20 July, a 47-year-old man was killed when the tyre of a moving trailer lorry came off and struck him while he was replacing a punctured tyre
According to a report in NST Online, the absolutely random accident happened when the victim — identified as Hawazi Ismail from Bagan Tiang in Tanjung Piandang, Perak — was tending to the punctured tyre of his own blue-coloured van.
Seberang Prai Selatan district police chief Superintendent Shafee Abd Samad was reported saying that an initial investigation revealed that the incident happened when the van was heading from Jawi towards Batu Kawan.
According to him, when the van arrived at the scene, Ismail stopped it at the emergency lane to replace the van's punctured tyre and put up a triangle emergency sign.
The van driver then went on to replace the punctured tyre. All of a sudden, a tyre from the moving trailer lorry came off and rolled towards him, hitting him in the back.
The impact broke his left leg and right hand, killing him instantly
According to Shafee, the impact from the freewheeling tyre was so severe that the van driver sustained serious injuries on his chest and broke his left leg and right hand.
"He died at the scene," NST Online quoted him as saying.
The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 with the police asking those who witnessed the freak accident to come forward to assist in the investigation
A post-mortem done at the Sungai Bakap Hospital forensic unit has revealed that the victim died due to a severe chest injury.