MARANG: An elderly woman died after the pickup truck she was driving skidded off a bridge and plunged into the river in Kampung Bukit Perpat, Wakaf Tapai near here.
Marang district police chief DSP Mohd Zain Mat Aris said when the police received a report of the incident at 11.19am on Thursday (Dec 1), nearby residents had already removed the victim Zaiton Omar, 64, who was unconscious, from her vehicle.
"The victim, who was alone, was confirmed dead by medical personnel who arrived at the scene," he said, adding that her body was sent to Hulu Terengganu Hospital for a post-mortem.
Meanwhile, the victim's foster son, Wan Rafiyuddin Wan Mohd, 33, said it was normal for Zaiton to drive to the village to get supplies for her fried banana stall in Gong Beris.
"The deceased (Zaiton) had just collected some bananas from my house in Kampung Bukit Perpat.
"At about 11am I received a call from her mobile phone but it was a stranger who spoke to inform me that her vehicle had plunged into the river.
"By the I time got to the scene, her body had already been taken out of the vehicle," he told reporters when met at the scene.
Wan Rafiyuddin said his foster mother, who is from Kampung Lubuk Pandan near here, has a daughter who works at a hospital in Negri Sembilan. – Bernama