Thursday, June 13, 2013

PENANG STORM HAVOC: Giant pole crashes onto cars, 7 injured

A pole that was attached to a 21-storey building in Jalan Macalister came crashing down after a thunderstorm, crushing vehicles travelling below, injuring seven with two seriously wounded.
In the 6:45pm incident, about six cars were crushed by the giant white-coloured pole. Among the vehicles was a lorry carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters.

The LPG canisters were seen lying all over road, risking possible explosion.

No casualties have been reported.

The scene of the incident was chaotic, with hundreds running away from nearby outlets. Occupants of the tower were also evacuated.

In BUKIT MERTAJAM, the thunderstorm also caused havoc near the Penang Bridge when a tree was uprooted, falling onto two cars and a motorcycle.

The incident had caused a massive crawl along the mainland-bound stretch as the tree had blocked the three-lane road.

The traffic was only reopened to the traffic at 8.20pm after the Fire and Rescue Department managed to remove the fallen tree.

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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.

An uprooted tree near the Penang Bridge

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