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A woman watched on helplessly as her husband burnt to death before her eyes during an accident at KM41 of the North-South Expressway near Kulai, Malaysia on Wednesday morning (Dec 27).
The couple and their daughter were travelling in a Proton Persona when it collided with a trailer and stalled, before combusting.
The 29-year-old man who was driving was pinned to the driver’s seat and could not get out.
His wife, who is in her 30s, and their daughter, 3, were seated in the rear passenger seat.
Passers-by quickly came to their aid and managed to free both the woman and the child.
Unfortunately, the man could not be freed in time and was consumed by the flames.
Kulai Fire and Rescue Department operation chief Azizan Aziz told the New Straits Times that the department was alerted around 6am, to a burning car near the Kulai exit.
"When firefighters arrived at the scene, the car was entirely up in flames.
“It took us 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.”
The charred remains of the man were recovered from the car after the incident.
Kulai district police chief Superintendent Dzulkhairi Mokhtar said the remains were sent to the Kulai mortuary for a post-mortem examination.
The wife of the deceased remains warded at the Kulai Hospital while their daughter was unhurt.
Dzulkhairi revealed that preliminary investigation suggests that the car had been involved in a collision with a trailer, citing severe damage to the front of the car.
“Based on eyewitness accounts, the victim may have crashed into the back of a moving trailer before it caught fire.”