SULAWESI, Indonesia (WFLA) — An Indonesian man was crushed to death by his own mother’s coffin after it fell from a tower during a funeral procession on the island of Sulawesi, The Guardian reported.
Samen Kondorura, 40, and more than a dozen other pallbearers had been trying to hoist his mother’s coffin onto a lakkian — “an ornately carved tower where the deceased is placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites”—when the bamboo ladder leading up to the tower gave way.
The men lost their footing and the coffin fell off the tower and hit Kondorura.
Dozens of onlookers rushed to Kondorura aid, but he died on the way to the hospital, authorities said.
His body is now resting alongside his mother Berta, according to the newspaper.