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Woman is killed during tug-of-war when rope pings back and drags victim head-first into barrier 

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Woman is killed during tug-of-war record attempt when mile-long rope pings back and drags victim head-first into concrete barrier

  • Masita B. has reportedly died during a tug-of-war contest in Makassar, Indonesia 
  • Footage shows a woman getting tripped up and dragged away by a rope 
  • It isn’t clear what caused it to snap, as contest hadn’t begun and rope wasn’t taut

A woman was killed during a tug-of-war record attempt when a mile-long rope pinged back and draged the victim head-first into a concrete barrier.

Harrowing video footage taken in the wake of the accident shows victim Masita B. lying on the tarmac in a pool of her own blood as others around her scream in terror.

A second piece of footage shows how the 1,540-metre-long rope recoiled, tripping a woman up and dragging her down the tarmac.

The tragedy happened as 5,294 people prepared to take part in the event in Makassar, Indonesia, on December 18.

Harrowing video footage taken in the wake of the accident shows victim Masita B. (pictured) lying on the tarmac in a pool of her own blood as others around her scream in terror

They were reportedly trying to set a new national record for most participants in a tug-of-war.

It is not clear what caused the rope to snap, as the tug-of-war had not begun and the rope was not taut.

After the recoiling rope swept Masita’s legs from underneath her, she smashed her head into a concrete divider, causing blood to spill onto the road.

Her cause of death was given as severe head trauma.

An organiser of the event told local media: ‘She was taking a selfie. She was holding on to the rope while taking a selfie. All of a sudden she was pulled.’

A second piece of footage shows how the 1,540-metre-long rope recoiled, tripping a woman up and dragging her down the tarmac

A second piece of footage shows how the 1,540-metre-long rope recoiled, tripping a woman up and dragging her down the tarmac

They were reportedly trying to set a new national record for most participants in a tug-of-war

They were reportedly trying to set a new national record for most participants in a tug-of-war

It is not clear what caused the rope to snap, as the tug-of-war had not begun and the rope was not taut.

It is not clear what caused the rope to snap, as the tug-of-war had not begun and the rope was not taut.

Masita's cause of death was given as severe head trauma

Masita’s cause of death was given as severe head trauma

Witnesses reportedly panicked after Masita B. hit her head in a concrete road separator in Makassar, Indonesia

Witnesses reportedly panicked after Masita B. hit her head in a concrete road separator in Makassar, Indonesia

However, this report contradicts CCTV footage of the drama.

Some reports said 13 others were injured, sustaining broken bones, cuts, and abrasions.

However, other reports said only three others were injured and were taken to hospital.

Organisers said all safety precautions were observed and called Masita’s death an accident. They have dismissed accusations of negligence.

According to Indonesian media, police are investigating the case.  

Masita’s age is unclear.

The tragedy happened as 5,294 people prepared to take part in the event in Makassar, Indonesia, on December 18

The tragedy happened as 5,294 people prepared to take part in the event in Makassar, Indonesia, on December 18

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