PENANG STORM HAVOC: Giant pole crashes onto cars, 2 dead

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GEORGE TOWN: A pole that was attached to a 21-storey building in Jalan Macalister came crashing down after a thunderstorm, crushing vehicles travelling below, killing one and injuring five with two seriously wounded.

The dead was identified as Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, 46, the co-driver of the lorry carrying LPG.
 
In the 6:45pm incident,  six cars and a lorry were crushed by the giant white-coloured pole.
 
The LPG canisters were seen lying all over road, risking possible explosion.
 
The injured are identified as Norhalis Hayati Abd Latif, 30,  Abd Latif Ramli, 71, Mohamad Badrul, 32, Rudi Ahmad, 34, and Samsiah Salim, 49.
 
The scene of the incident was chaotic, with hundreds running away from nearby outlets. Occupants of the tower were also evacuated.
 
Another motorist was killed by an uprooted tree in Paya Terubong.

 

 

 

A 20-tonne concrete slab and a lightning arrestor pole on top a 21-storey building collapsed and crashed on several vehicles along Jalan Macalister following a thunderstorm this evening. -- Pix by NST reader

A 20-tonne concrete slab and a lightning arrestor pole on top a 21-storey building collapsed and crashed on several vehicles along Jalan Macalister following a thunderstorm this evening. -- Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

A 20-tonne concrete slab and a lightning arrester pole on top a 21-storey building collapsed and crashed on several vehicles along Jalan Macalister following a thunderstorm this evening. -- Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

A 20-tonne concrete slab and a lightning arrestor pole on top a 21-storey building collapsed and crashed on several vehicles along Jalan Macalister following a thunderstorm this evening. -- Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

A 20-tonne concrete slab and a lightning arrester pole on top a 21-storey building collapsed and crashed on several vehicles along Jalan Macalister following a thunderstorm this evening. -- Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

An uprooted tree near the Penang Bridge

 

 

 


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