Pick-up truck recovered from river four days after driver's body found

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  • Thursday, 09 May 2019

Curious onlookers gathered around to see the pickup truck hoisted out of Prai River.- Starpic by LO TERN CHERN

BUTTERWORTH: Police have fished out from the Prai River the pick-up truck driven by 33-year-old Tan Aik Tong, four days after his body was found in Sungai Lokan about 6km away.

A crane was deployed to the bridge at Ampang Jajar to hoist the truck out of the muddy river on Thursday (May 9).

It is believed that Tan had crashed his truck through the bridge barrier in an accident, but it is uncertain how his body had drifted away from the wreckage.

North Seberang Prai district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the truck was submerged under one metre of water and it took rescuers about five-and-a-half hours to secure it.

Last Saturday (May 4), Tan's wife lodged a report after he failed to return home in Taman Mawar after going out alone in the pick-up truck for a drink with his friends in Bukit Mertajam.

She tried calling him on the phone but it was shut off, and his friends later told her that they had all returned to their respective homes after the meal that night.

Tan's body was found by passers-by in Sungai Lokan on Sunday (May 5).

Investigations into the case are still ongoing.

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