IPOH – The identity of the vegetables lorry driver who was trapped in the landslide at Section 27 FT 185 Jalan Simpang Pulai-Blue Valley (Cameron Highlands) this evening has been identified.
The effort to excavate the victim, Muhammad Hafiz Hamdi, 31, is ongoing by the Fire and Rescue Department.
The Perak District Police Chief, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said that early investigation found that the lorry driver was on his way from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh carrying vegetables.
He said, the rescue team has detected the location of the lorry and is trying to rescue the victim is buried in the landslide.
“However, we do not know the condition of the victim and efforts to rescue him is being carried out by the Fire and Rescue team,” he told the media today.
According to Mior Faridalathrash, the rescue team is using two excavators to dig out the earth at the location.
“The Cameron Highlands Department of Works (JKR) is also assisting in this rescue,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson from the Perak Fire and Rescue Department said that they received a distress call on the incident at 1.44 pm and the Simpang Pulai Fire and Rescue team was rushed to the location for the rescue operation.
“Based on preliminary information, a lorry and a Toyota Vellfire multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) were trapped in the landslide.
“We have not identified the number of victims involved at the moment. The incident also caused the main route to Cameron Highlands from both ways to be closed to all vehicles,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette