As reported by National daily The Star earlier today, a man was burnt to death in his BMW 6 Series at the Sprint Highway toll plaza in Damansara this morning when the car burst into flames.
The report says that the driver, who was believed to be intoxicated with alcohol, stopped the car at the toll plaza, got out and headed to the front passenger’s seat and slept off while the engine was running.
According to Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din, a toll booth employee who noticed the car at the Touch’ n Go lane at about 4am tried to wake the man up but the car was locked and the windows were shut tight.
He added that witnesses saw the car’s engine catching fire about an hour later, and that the flames spread quickly and burnt the victim who is yet to be identified, to death.
Mr.Han Sang Yun, the managing director and CEO of BMW Malaysia, who came to know about the incident moments later, issued an official press statement which said that the company is open to offering its expertise and cooperation to the authorities to investigate the incident thoroughly.
The official statement:
“We at BMW Group Malaysia learnt this morning of an incident where a previous generation BMW vehicle caught on fire at the Toll Gates of the Sprint Expressway which resulted in a fatality.
This is a very unfortunate incident and we are really saddened with what has happened. We sympathise with the victim and the family members affected by the incident.
We understand that at the moment, the cause of the fire has not been ascertained and we at BMW Group Malaysia are open to offering our expertise, cooperation and assistance to the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department as well as the related authorities to investigate the incident thoroughly.”