Unluckiest M'sian struck by lightning, involved in road crash, loses father – in 24 hours

NSTP

SEGAMAT: Talk about having a bad day.

A grieving 50-year-old man was helping oversee the funeral of his father at a cemetery near here yesterday when a bolt of lightning struck the location, grazing him.

Auxiliary policeman Lance Corporal Wan Ab Mutalib Mazlan was at the Kampung Tebing Tinggi Muslim cemetery, clearing his father’s freshly-covered grave of digging implements following his funeral, when the freak meteorological incident occurred at 5.30pm.

“There was an explosive sound which emanated from near where I was standing. Suddenly, I felt burning heat course through my body.

“I also realised I was deafened. Then my body started going numb, and I grabbed onto a nearby fence before collapsing and losing consciousness,” he said.


Auxiliary policeman Lance Corporal Wan Ab Mutalib Mazlan was at the Kampung Tebing Tinggi Muslim cemetery, clearing his father’s freshly-covered grave of digging implements following his funeral, when the freak meteorological incident occurred at 5.30pm. Pic by NSTP/AHMAD ISMAIL

Most of the funeral attendees had begun heading home during the incident and were a distance away from Wan Ab Mutalib, but those who witnessed the incident immediately rushed to his side.

The unconscious man was carried by a group of people, including members of his family, to a nearby hut and placed him on a makeshift bed while others called for an ambulance.

Wan Ab Mutalib regained consciousness just as the ambulance arrived. Medics swiftly placed him in the vehicle, which rushed to the Segamat Hospital where he was to receive treatment.

But halfway through the emergency journey, the ambulance skidded and crashed into guardrails on a highway leading to the hospital.

Although Wan Ab Mutalib was safely belted onto the stretcher in the vehicle, a large breathing assistance machine was dislodged by the impact and fell heavily onto his right foot, badly injuring it.

Despite his third major brush with bad luck in just 24 hours, Wan Ab Mutalib felt fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt in the crash.


Although Wan Ab Mutalib was safely belted onto the stretcher in the vehicle, a large breathing assistance machine was dislodged by the impact and fell heavily onto his right foot, badly injuring it. Pic by NSTP/AHMAD ISMAIL

The poor man eventually made it to the Segamat Hospital.

“I was treated at the Emergency Unit and was admitted to Ward 3 for overnight observation.

“I was discharged today (Monday). I am thankful that all I suffered was body weakness and an injured foot.

“Praise be to Allah for giving me the strength to endure three tribulations in one day.

“I also thank my family, the ambulance crew and hospital employees for their help,” Wan Ab Mutalib said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd