A sick and excessive social media craze of jumping in front of moving vans is proving deadly for some youngsters in Indonesia.
The damaging pastime, referred to as the ‘problem malaikat maut’ (the Angel of demise problem) is catching on all through the south-east Asian nation, with contributors videoing themselves on TikTok performing the lethal stunts which have had dire penalties for some of the individuals concerned.
An 18-year-old was killed immediately in Tangerang, Banten, when he and two associates leaped in front of a heavy lorry in an obvious try to halt the juggernaut.
His friends managed to keep away from the car and thus injuring themselves, however he wasn’t so fortunate as he collided with the truck and rolled beneath the lorry and was crushed to demise.
The driving force was detained for questioning.
In the meantime in Bandung, West Java, a 14-year-old fractured his cranium and shattered his enamel after being struck by an HGV as he and a pal tried to carry out the identical caper because the Tangering trio.
Native police are actually wanting for the truck driver, who has gone AWOL presumably out of worry of felony prices. Paradoxically, he may have prevented prosecution had he complied with the police investigation, however might properly face hit-and-run prices.
The truck “problem,” so to talk, shouldn’t be precisely a new social media trend, notably on the two areas.
Police say locals have been making an attempt to cease the youngsters from stupidly risking their lives, however their pleas have principally fallen on deaf ears.
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These making an attempt the problem are solely thought-about to have succeeded if a) the individual jumps in front of a moving truck and, b) it involves a cease earlier than hitting the individual.
The antics have been broadly condemned, with one individual writing on Twitter: “In earlier years there have additionally been incidents like this, and so they did that for TikTok content material.
“Some details about related incidents can nonetheless be discovered simply on web sites or information channels on the Internet. Hopefully it will likely be a lesson for all of us.”
One other added: “His mother and father raised him with love, hope and sensible recommendation, as a substitute he selected to obey his pal’s invitation to create content material that risked his life. The place is your thoughts and thoughts, son?”