Motorist killed by falling boulder in Tenom

A huge rock fell onto the vehicle, killing its driver.

KOTA KINABALU: A senior citizen died when a boulder caved in the roof of his car near a hill in Tenom district on Wednesday (Feb 21).

Ho Ka Cheong, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Hamsa Isnurdini said they received a distress call at 12.27pm.

“The accident happened at Kuala Tomani in Mansaam, Tenom,” he said in a statement.

Rescuers placing the body onto a stretcher.Rescuers placing the body onto a stretcher.

He said according to witnesses, a huge rock fell from the hilltop and landed on Ho's car.

Hamsa said the rescue team could not reach the scene in their fire engine as the incident happened on a dirt road.

After a 45km drive, the team then had to travel a further 10km in a construction worker's four-wheel drive to the actual location of the wrecked car, he said.

Tenom fire station chief Mohd Zainal Sinsian said a road was being constructed in the area leading to a large hydroelectric plant project.

Firemen getting the victim's body out of the car.Firemen getting the victim's body out of the car.

“Medical officials at the scene pronounced the victim dead after his body was extricated from the crushed vehicle,” he said.

Ho's body was handed over to police for further action while operations on site ended at 3.22pm, he added.

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