Falling wooden beam pierces roof of passing truck, narrowly misses driver

A 56-YEAR-OLD man was nearly impaled by a wooden beam while driving along the back lane of Jalan Kuchai Maju 16 in Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park on Monday (Sept 27) morning.

The beam, which had fallen from above, pierced the roof of Loong Kok Fai's truck, lodging itself in a narrow space between the driver's seat and cabin door.

"I am shaken but grateful to be alive," said Loong, who runs a steel manufacturing factory.

He had just delivered goods to a customer when the incident happened.

Passerby Ng Chee Kong was not as fortunate. While one beam damaged the roof of Loong's pickup truck, another beam was believed to have injured Ng's left leg.

"I heard a loud sound and then felt a searing pain," said Ng, who operates a food stall at a nearby coffee shop.

Upon checking, Ng found cuts on his left heel.

Bystanders at the site pointed to a nearby highrise construction as the source of the falling beams.

Coffeeshop owner Yap Weng Leong, 48, said this was not the first time falling debris from the nearby site damaged public property.

"Debris from the upper floors would (glide) over the scaffolding, hitting vehicle windscreens and windows. It has happened three to four times since the start of construction," he said.

Resident Henry Chong, 64, said rubbish such as plastic bags and cement casings from the site often landed on nearby rooftops.

"Rubbish would clog our rain gutters and pipes. The rainwater then leaked into our homes," he said.

The affected parties hoped that this incident would force the contractors to improve safety measures at the site.

When contacted, a spokesman for WEC Construction, the contractor on the highrise development, said a thorough investigation will be carried out to determine what happened.

The sp[okesman also said that there was no activity being carried out at the rooftop or side of the building facing the back lane of Jalan Kuchai Maju 16 at the time of the incident.

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