Mourners at a funeral for an Indonesian woman witnessed another tragedy when the coffin with the woman fell from a funeral tower and crushed one of the pallbearers to death. Samen Kondorura and others were raising his mother's coffin to the top of the funeral tower, known as a lakkian, when the stairs gave out, sending the men and coffin falling about ten feet to the ground. Kondorura was hit by the coffin. Although bystanders rushed to his aid, he died on his way to the hospital.
“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 police commissioner at Tana Toraja said, according to the Guardian.
Sirait explained that the stairs were not properly reinforced, but that the family has decided not to press charges against the manufacturer.
The tragic scene was captured on video and shows the moment the stairs gave out, sending the casket and men falling to the ground.
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