SUBANG JAYA: Three auxiliary policemen cheated death when a steel gantry fell onto their patrol car, and were fortunate to escape with only physical injuries.
According to witnesses Tunku Sufrizal Tunku Yusuf and his wife Hamidah Lagiman, the incident occurred along Persiaran Setia near USJ 3D, at around 7pm Monday.
He said that during an evening downpour, the officers from DRB-Hicom had just come back from donating blood for a friend when a tanker lorry ahead of them attempted an illegal U-turn at the traffic intersection.
Unable to control the vehicle, the driver slammed into the steel gantry on the left side of the road, causing it to break and fall onto the patrol car that happened to be passing by.
Tunku Sufrizal and Hamidah, who were taking a walk in the area, said the tanker driver stopped momentarily before speeding off towards Subang Heights.
"The gantry just fell and smashed right through the windscreen of the car," said Tunku Sufrizal.
Despite an evening downpour, hundreds of motorists and residents rushed to the aid of the officers.
"One guy started it first, he went to the car and tried to lift the gentry, which was on top of the driver's shoulder. Then everyone rushed to help.
"It was very heavy. We could only move it a few inches because it was inside the car," said Hamidah.
With the help of Fire and Rescue department officers, the three DRB-Hicom officers were pulled out of the wreckage alive.
Hamidah said the driver and the front passenger appeared badly injured and that the driver, a constable, was unconscious.
The passenger in the back seat only suffered minor injuries.
"he handed me his handphone and asked me to call his sergeant. He said they had just returned from donating blood to a friend," said Hamidah.
Residents here said the intersection here was prone to accidents, where many motorists made illegal U-turns.
Selangor Fire and Rescue department operations commander Mohd Sani Harul confirmed the incident, and said the three were taken to the KPJ Shah Alam hospital for treatment.
Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Yahaya Ramli said police were on the lookout for the lorry driver and the vehicle.