Gearbox coupling slams into car, killing man
SHAH ALAM: A 47-year-old man was killed after a gearbox coupling of a moving lorry broke away and slammed into the victim’s car at the Km38 of the Kesas Highway at 5pm on Monday.
Wong Soon Seng died instantly when the coupling that weighs around 20kg bounced off the ground and crashed squarely through the windscreen of the SUV he was driving.
It narrowly missed his wife who was seated next to him and his young son who was in the back seat.
Selangor police traffic investigations and enforcement head Supt Kamaludin Mohamad said the victim was driving towards Shah Alam when the coupling from a lorry travelling in the opposite direction towards Kuala Lumpur came off.
He said the component bounced over to the other side of the highway before hitting the driver’s side of the victim’s car.
He said the coupling slammed the victim’s head, killing him on the spot.
Kamaludin said the man’s wife and child were unhurt.
He said police who went to the scene found the runaway component on the boot of the SUV.
Wong’s body was sent to the University Malaya Medical Centre for a post mortem.
The lorry driver later lodged a police report and investigators urged witnesses to come forward to assist police.
The aftermath of the crash which killed the driver instantly.