Penang freak storm: Video clip of lightning arrester collapse uploaded on YouTube


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013

GEORGE TOWN: Nearly 7,000 Facebook users have shared a short video clip containing the moments the lightning arrester pole collapsed in Jalan Macalister here during a freak storm last Thursday.

The 15-second video titled "Before accident at Umno building...PDRM CCTV" shows images of the lightning arrester falling and crashing onto the road and hitting several vehicles, including a Honda City, believed to belong to a man, Lim Chin Aik, 44.

In the 6.45pm incident, a 20m long lightning arrester pole on the Umno building was toppled by strong wind during a storm, which resulted in a five-metre hole being made on the ground.

The video was uploaded by unidentified individuals.

Police confirmed that the chassis number of the buried car matched that of the victim's car, which was reported missing since the incident occurred after the victim had gone to pick up his younger daughter from school.

The incident also claimed the life of Jahir Sulaiman, 46, who suferred severe injuries and later died at the Penang Hospital after the lorry he was travelling in with fellow workers was hit by the fallen pole.

Earlier, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, at a press conference here today, showed the CCTV recordings to the victim's family and media personnel.

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