A man was killed when the excavator he was driving overturned and landed on him at a quarry in Paku near Bau.

Before the freak accident yesterday, Thomas Johin, 41, from Kampung Sibuluh and two mechanics had just finished repairing another machine around 9am.

They were on their way back to site when the excavator began to move backwards.

One of the mechanics, Sebastian Sarjit Singh, 44, said he sensed something amiss and shouted to his mates to jump off.

“I managed to jump to safety but unfortunately, Thomas and Casey (the other mechanic) were still on the excavator. It overturned and crashed on top of Thomas.”

The body of Thomas was sent to the Bau Hospital mortuary while Casey was rushed to Sarawak General Hospital.

//Image and news source: The Star