Kota Bharu: "Haikal always wanted to drive an excavator and before the incident yesterday afternoon, his dream came true before he took his last breath," said the mother of the teenager who was killed by lightning, Muhammad Alif Haikal Ludin, 15.
Wan Sazatulazma Sanudin, 42, said the youngest of the four siblings often asked to drive the heavy machinery as they often went to the quarry which was also their family's place of work.
"Yesterday I came home early and Haikal and my son-in-law were still at the quarry site, in fact I understood that they wanted to complete the task of transporting the soil.
“I was informed that Haikal managed to drive the excavator, which he had always wanted, to put the transported soil into the lorry before getting into the lorry to go down to the foot of the hill.
"However, they got out of the lorry to cover the back of the vehicle and suddenly lightning struck the lorry causing them to be hit by it and they collapsed," she said when met at hher house in Kampung Hutan Buloh, Melor, today.
Wan Sazatulazma said, according to a witness who was at the scene, her son who is also a student of Azhariah Arabic Religious Secondary School (SMUA), Melor, was unconscious and the witness managed to teach him to say two words of syahadah before exhaling his last breath.
She was at home when the incident and was contacted by her husband, Hashim Tarmuji, 30, who was already at the location as her husband who worked as a lorry driver at the quarry.
"The son and son-in-law were immediately taken to Mahligai Health Clinic before Muhammad Haikal was sent to Tengku Anis Hospital (HTA) Pasir Puteh for autopsy while son-in-law, Mohd Khairul Fitri Ismail, 27 was referred to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM), Kubang Kerian for further treatment.
"Yesterday, Haikal asked me to buy some fast food and he managed to enjoy the food before the tragedy that claimed his life," she said, adding that the body was buried at the Madrasah Hutan Buloh Islamic Cemetery at 1.30am today.
In the incident at 5.40pm yesterday at the Bukit Jerus quarry, Selising, Mohd Khairul Fitri was injured in the back of the head and left thigh while his brother-in-law died at the scene.
Mohd Khairul Fitri's wife, Nur Alia Najwa Ludin, 21, expressed her gratitude that her husband was safe and at the same time, was very sad to think that her youngest brother was invited by God in the tragedy.
“I am worried something bad will happen to my husband as I am now five months pregnant with our eldest child.
"My husband informed me that his condition was stable at the hospital and also expressed his trauma and sadness with the loss of his brother-in-law," she said.