The police station at Kluang Baru in Johor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 41-year-old Indonesian migrant worker was crushed to death in Malaysia last week by a 500-kilogram concrete cylinder that fell off a lorry while it made a U-turn.

The truck driver, a man of Indian ethnicity, aged 67, was detained to assist police inquiries.

The incident happened at KM60 of Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing in Johor at 4.30pm on April 3 when the Indonesian named Amir Mahmud was fixing a broken pipe in the area, China Press reported.

The driver had to make a U-turn at the spot, and Mahmud helped control the traffic for him.

One of the cylinders on the back of the lorry suddenly came loose and rolled off, hitting Amir, who was standing close to the vehicle, Kluang district police chief assistant commissioner Mohamad Laham said.

The victim died at the scene from serious head and body injuries. His body was taken to Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

The lorry driver was detained by Malaysian police for further inquiries, including the actual cause of the incident and whether negligence was involved.