A man's desperate attempts to save a student from her burning car were in vain, when petrol kiosk attendants refused to lend him their fire extinguishers despite his pleadings.
The incident on the flyover along Jalan Cheras, near Jalan Loke Yew, happened at 3.30 am yesterday (3rd June 2010) and involved the Myvi driven by the deceased, a Toyota Vios and a lorry.
According to Malaysian Newpaper, The Star, witness Teo Chai Yong, 31, who was the first to arrive on the scene, called emergency services when he noticed the Myvi was on fire and saw a girl trapped inside, screaming for help.
Teo then drove to the nearest 24-hour petrol station, less than 500m away, hoping to find a fire extinguisher.
"As I ran up to the counter, I saw four fire extinguishers behind the glass door. An attendant was inside by the counter."
"I pleaded with him to let me have the fire extinguisher an screamed that someone was pinned inside a burning car."
"But he just stared at me and kept saying he was not allowed to open the door after hours," Teo said.
Desperate, Teo even offered to buy the extinguishers and showed the attendant his identity card. A second assistant showed up and told Teo to call the fire department if there was a fire.
"She was still screaming but I could do nothing. I jus stood there, her screams grew more frantic before fading away," Teo said. Frustrated, Teo then rushed back to the accident scene, only to see the car with the woman stil inside, engulfed in flames.
When contacted, BH Petrol's managing director, Tan Kim Thiam expressed great regret over the incident. He explained that the attendants' reluctance may stem from a fear of being robbed, as this was a frequent problem in the past. City traffic police investigations' Chief Deputy Supt Abdullah Roning told The Star that the woman was burnt beyong recognition, and her personal identification documents were also lost in the fire.
The police believed she was a 27-year-old college student from Sarawak.
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