Firemen at the scene where the woman was killed.- NSTP/Courtesy of NST reader

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman died after being hit by a fallen tree while walking near the entrance gate of Universiti Malaya this evening.

The incident occurred at 5.25pm during a fierce thunderstorm.

The woman was killed when a tree fell on her near Universiti Malaya (UM)’s entrance gate. - NSTP/Courtesy of NST reader

The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department’s operations centre said they were informed of the incident at 5.31pm. Fire engines from the Seputeh and Pantai fire stations were dispatched to the scene.

“The firemen arrived at the location at 5.44pm. The victim, whose body was crushed by the tree, was pronounced dead by medical personnel from the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

Universiti Malaya staff with firemen help clear parts of the tree. -NSTP/Mohd Yusni Ariffin.

“Firemen also assisted the driver and passengers of a Proton Saga BLM, which was also crushed by a tree near the university’s main entrance,” said the department in a statement.

A badly damaged Proton Saga BLM. - NSTP/Courtesy of NST reader

Two other cars, a Toyota Vios and Perodua Myvi, which were parked in the vicinity, were also crushed by a fallen tree. However, the cars were unoccupied.

The woman’s body was handed to police. Her identity has yet to be disclosed.