Simpang Pulai landslide: Lorry driver trapped, rescue efforts underway


IPOH: A 31-year-old lorry driver is identified as one of the victims trapped at the landslide area.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said checks with the victim’s employer confirmed that the man was transporting vegetables from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh.

The victim’s boss had confirmed that he was the only one inside the lorry.

“At the moment, we can only confirm that one victim is trapped, and efforts are underway to rescue him.

“The rescue team has currently managed to locate the front part of the lorry, and we are confident that the victim will be pulled out of the debris soon,” he told reporters at the site.

He said the police received a call from a member of the public about the landslide at about 1.41pm.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said excavators are being used to clear the area, and hopefully if it does not rain heavily we will be able to locate the victim soon.

He urged people to use the road from Tapah to head up to the highlands.

In addition, the Fire and Rescue Department said the other vehicle trapped in the debris is a multi-purpose vehicle, but there are no details as to how many people are inside the vehicle.

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