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The driver of a Singapore registered BMW was dragged out of the burning wreckage, after his vehicle rammed into a motorcycle and dragged it for a few hundred metres — only to get beaten up by the angry mob of Malaysians that saved him.
The incident happened at Jalan Tebrau in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Wednesday (May 24) at around 4.25am, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
A Singapore registered BMW 740 and a Malaysia registered motorcycle were involved in the accident.
A 35-year-old cabby told reporters that he was driving on the road when the BMW driver overtook his taxi.
Said the witness:
“He over took my vehicle on the right.
“At that time, the wheels on his car were already on fire.
“The BMW travelled for around 300m before stopping by the roadside where it was engulfed in flames.”
The witnessed added that there were already four or five men rushing to the burning vehicle and dragging the driver out, just as he was getting ready to alight from his vehicle to provide assistance.
“After the group dragged the man out, they started beating him up.
“The entire process took place over 5mins or so.
“It was quite chaotic.
“I tried stopping them, and found out later that the BMW had rammed into the motorbike and dragged it for a short distance, before the two vehicles caught fire.”
The witness also added that the motorcycle had been dragged for at least 300m, but fortunately, the cyclist was not injured,
As the group started beating him up, the BMW driver begged them not to hit him.
The witness said that the driver was possibly drunk, as he did not appear lucid and could not enunciate his words clearly either.
He then contacted the Fire and Rescue Department, and officers arrived on the scene to put out the fire.
The matter was resolved when two men and a woman came to mediate the situation.
The three, believed to be friends of the BMW driver spoke to the angry mob before bringing the driver away.
The BMW driver also shouted at the group of Malaysians and confronted the witness, saying, ‘why are you filming me?’
When inquired, the Johor Bahru police district said that it had not received any report on the incident.