Car driven off into river in Tapah

TAPAH: Three people had the shock of their lives after the car they were in fell into a river near Batu 12 Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands here.

Tapah OCPD Superintendent Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said the driver, Mohd Sharaffi Hashim, 51, had inadvertently driven the car into the river during the 11.30pm incident on Thursday (June 23).

"As he was negotiating a turn in the area, Mohd Sharaffi got confused after seeing a railing of a bridge that looked like a fence.

"He drove on and fell into the river," said Supt Wan Azharuddin in a statement on Friday (June 24).

"The car was then wedged between a rock and a log.

"The driver, from Manik Urai, Kelantan, was not familiar with the road as it was also dark while the lines in the middle and side of the road could not be seen," he said, adding that the paint on the bridge had also worn out.

Supt Wan Azharuddin said Mohd Sharaffi, a former army personnel member, got out on his own while two other passengers, Rosmaliza Dollah, 45, and Nazilawati Ismail, 37, both from Bukit Acheh, were assisted out by passers-by and acquaintances.

"They were on their way back to Kelantan after attending a civil defence course at the Rural Development Institute (INFRA) in Bangi.

"They were part of a three-car convoy and the car the victims were in was at the front," he said, adding that Rosmaliza suffered injuries to her face and was sent to the Tapah Hospital for treatment.

Supt Wan Azharuddin said the victims' personal documents were lost after having fallen into the river.

"Using a crane, the car was removed from the river on Friday at about 11am," he said, adding that the case would be investigated under Rule 10 of the Road Traffic Rule.

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