Indonesian man crushed to death by mom’s coffin at funeral

2018-06-18 15:01
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A man was tragically killed when his mother’s coffin fell from a funeral tower during the service, police said.

Samen Kondorura (40), from Sulawesi in Indonesia, died of a severe head injury when pallbearers lost their footing while carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder on Friday 15 June, reports Daily Mail.

The heavy casket fell as the group of men hoisted it onto lakkian – a traditional wood stilt where bodies are stored during the funeral service, police reports.

"As the mother's coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim," Julianto Sirait, chief commissioner of the Tana Toraja resort police, told AFP.

A viral video, which has been circulated online, shows how the ladder slips just before the pallbearers put the casket in the tower, sending them plummeting to the ground where Samen was struck on the head.

Stunned onlookers rushed to help the severely injured man, who succumbed to his injuries in hospital, reports NDTV.

Local police found the accident happened because the structure wasn’t properly designed, but the family has declined to press charges.

Samen’s body was apparently laid to rest alongside his mother, according to Standard Media.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, metro.co.uk, ndtv.com. standardmedia.co.ke

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