Curious onlookers slowed down the Fire and Rescue Department's rescue efforts after a car crashed into a landscaped slope at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here.
Perak Road Fire Station senior officer Yaakob Abdul Aziz said they took about 30 minutes to extricate Loo Toon Cheat's body from the wrecked vehicle.
“The operation could have been faster if not for the actions of some passers-by and motorists who crowded the area,” he said.
“We could have saved a lot of time if they had freed up some space for us to carry out our job.
“This is a matter of life and death. The injured victims who were brought out to safety also needed breathing space,” he added. “Just don't come near the scene of accidents.”
Loo, a 24-year-old assistant chef, was killed at the scene while his two friends suffered injuries in yesterday's 12.50am incident.
The impact of the crash saw the car's top almost ripped off.
Loo was heading towards Bayan Baru when he lost control of the vehicle.
Firemen extricated his body from the wrecked car after medical personnel confirmed that he was dead.
Lee Peng Hoe, 19, and Loh Wei Jien, 20, were brought out to safety by passers-by and the medical personnel. They are reported to be in stable condition.
Lee, who was seated at the back, sustained injuries on his thigh and fingers while Loh, who was sitting in front, suffered a broken right leg and chest injuries.
A nearby resident said he heard a screeching sound before a loud bang