SIBU: A pastor and four members of his church escaped with minor injuries after their four-wheel drive vehicle fell into a 30m-deep ravine in Pakan, a two-hour drive from here.
According to Pastor Esly Aloi, he and the members of SIB Church were headed to their church in Rantau Limau to prepare for Good Friday when the accident happened at 2pm on Thursday (April 1).
"There is no tarred road but only a timber track. During our journey, our four-wheel drive vehicle suddenly veered off the road in Bukit Bijang (Entalai in Pakan) and went down the ravine of about 30m deep," he said.
The vehicle overturned as it landed in the ravine.
Esly said it took them almost two hours to help themselves up from the ravine.
"A lorry from a timber camp drove us to Pakan Health Clinic before an ambulance sent us to Sarikei Hospital," he said, adding that all of them were only lightly injured.
Esly also said villagers in Bukit Bijang have no choice but to use the dangerous timber road located in a hilly area.
"The road condition is never good but it's the only road for rural residents," he said.