Body of driver whose truck plunged into river found

BUTTERWORTH: The body of a man, believed to have drowned after the lorry he was driving plunged into Sungai Prai on Tuesday (April 27), has been found.

The Fire and Rescue Department said that after expanding their search radius to 1km along the riverbank, they had located the victim at around 11.20am Wednesday (April 28).

"We have handed over the remains to the police for further investigation," it said in a statement Wednesday.

It was reported that Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Abd Samad had earlier identified the lorry driver as K. Palaniappan, 66.

He said the police were informed of the incident at 7.10pm Tuesday, after which a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation was conducted for the victim.

He said based on CCTV footage in the area, the driver had parked the 10-tonne tipper truck there and then returned.

The victim had just boarded the lorry when it moved and plunged into the river, he said, adding that the SAR team had recovered the lorry, but the driver was missing.

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