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In video: Indonesian man killed when mother’s coffin falls on him during funeral

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Jun 18, 2018, 5:02 pm IST
Updated : Jun 18, 2018, 5:02 pm IST

40-year-old Samen Kondorura died when pallbearers lost footing carrying coffin up bamboo ladder in Pariding valley.

The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian - an ornately carved tower where the dead are placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites. (Photo: Youtube Screengrab)
 The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian - an ornately carved tower where the dead are placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites. (Photo: Youtube Screengrab)

An Indonesian man was killed when his mother’s coffin fell from a funeral tower and crushed him during a service on the island of Sulawesi.

The 40-year-old Samen Kondorura died when pallbearers lost their footing carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder in the Pariding valley in North Toraja district.

The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian - an ornately carved tower where the dead are placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites.

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

Graphic video from the scene shows the ladder slip just as the casket enters the tower, sending the men tumbling several metres to the ground where the victim is crushed by the coffin.

Horrified onlookers rush to the men's aid but Kondorura died later in hospital.

Sirait said the accident happened because the ladder was not properly reinforced but the family has declined to press charges.

The body of Kondorura is now resting alongside his mother Berta, he added.

You can watch the video here.

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