Man jumps from MRT tower after causing fender bender

Man jumps from MRT tower after causing fender bender
Unexpected move: The man climbing up the scaffolding tower at the MRT construction site.

KUALA LUMPUR - A simple fender bender took an unexpected turn when one of the drivers committed suicide moments after the accident.

One of the drivers, known only as Ong, said he was on his way to a meeting when the other car knocked into the back of his van along Jalan Duta at about 11am yesterday.

"So I got out to check," Ong said, adding that the other driver tried to drive away instead of getting out of his car but it would not start.

"After a few moments he gave up, got out and gave me his identity card. He told me to claim insurance," he said.

The man then walked to a nearby MRT construction site, climbed four storeys high up a scaffolding tower and jumped down.

He died on the spot.

"I did not expect that at all. But he did look depressed," Ong said.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) confirmed the incident at the MRT Project work site at Jalan Duta.

It said in a statement that initial reports from witnesses at the site revealed that a man was involved in an accident with another vehicle at about 11am.

"The MRT Project traffic team moved the two cars to the side of the road. The traffic barriers were moved to ensure traffic flow was not obstructed," the statement said.

It added that witness reports claimed one of the drivers then went to one of the MRT piers and climbed the scaffolding.

"He then jumped from the scaffolding and died.

"At the time of the incident, the site was properly cordoned off. No construction work was being carried out at the location," the statement read.

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said the body of the 39-year-old man was taken to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post-mortem.

"No foul play was involved," he said.

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