The incident on the flyover along Jalan Cheras, near Jalan Loke Yew, happened at 3.30 a.m. yesterday (03.06.2010) and involved the Myvi driven by the deceased, a Toyota Vios and a lorry.

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According to Malaysian newspaper, The Star, witness Teo Chai Yong, 31, who was the first to arrive on the scene, called emergency services when he noticed the Myvi was on fire and saw a girl trapped inside, screaming for help.

Teo then drove to the nearest 24-hour petrol station, less than 500m away, hoping to find a fire extinguisher.

"As I ran up to the counter, I saw four fire extinguishers behind the glass door. An attendant was inside by the counter."

"I pleaded with him to let me have the fire extinguisher and screamed that someone was pinned inside a burning car."

"But he just stared at me and kept saying he was not allowed to open the door after hours," Teo said.

Desperate, Teo even offered to buy the extinguishers and showed the attendant his identity card.

A second assistant showed up and told Teo to call the fire department if there was a fire.

"I saw four fire extinguishers behind the glass door"

Frustrated, Teo then rushed back to the accident scene, only to see the car with the woman still inside, engulfed in flames.

"She was still screaming but I could do nothing. I just stood there, her screams grew more frantic before fading away," Teo said.

When contacted, BH Petrol's managing director, Tan Kim Thiam expressed great regret over the incident. He explained that the attendants' reluctance may stem from a fear of being robbed, as this was a frequent problem in the past.

City traffic police investigations Chief Deputy Supt Abdullah Roning told The Star that the woman was burnt beyond recognition, and her personal identification documents were also lost in the fire.

The police believed she was a 27-year-old college student from Sarawak.

Update: The deceased's identity was confirmed by police this morning - Florina ak Joseph, 27, a Sarawakian native and a student.