Car plunges into construction pit
KUALA LUMPUR: A motorist cheated death after plunging into a 10m-deep pit at a construction site near the Kampung Pandan roundabout here late yesterday.
A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the 55-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and was sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), where he was warded last night.
It is learnt that the man was alone in his Kia Spectra at about 10.30pm when he was said to have unknowingly driven into the pit, which is part of a tunnel construction project in the area.
Firemen who arrived at the scene minutes later managed to winch the victim to safety before sending him to HKL.
On May 3, a similar accident occurred in Section 17, Petaling Jaya when 86-yearold former school headmaster Yong Chee Seng drove his car into a 12m sewerage hole that was under construction. Also in the car was his Filipina maid.
Both victims were warded for their injuries and discharged within days.
However, barely two weeks later while recuperating from his injuries, Yong passed away. – by Charles Ramendran
A fireman checks the car lying at the bottom of the pit after the driver was rescued.