KOTA KINABALU - A staff member of a Britain-based animal welfare charity was killed after his van plunged into a sewerage tank under construction in Beaufort district late Tuesday.
Beaufort district police chief Deputy Supt Azmir Abd Razak said International Aid for the Protection of Animals (IAPWA) worker Andrew Mustal, 27, was killed on the spot following the 8.30pm mishap.
He said the driver of the vehicle, Elson Isos, 22, escaped with minor injuries.
Azmir said both men were returning from Labuan where they had rescued four stray dogs and were returning to Kota Kinabalu when the mishap occurred.
"From what we gathered, the driver was not familiar with the road and it was late at night," he said.
He said Elson managed to pull himself out of the vehicle and went back in to help Andrew out of the van.
Elson was rushed to the Beaufort district hospital by the Fire and Rescue Services Department's Emergency Medical Response Services ambulance.
Azmir said Elson told police that he was not aware that they were approaching a roundabout until almost reaching it, causing him to swerve the vehicle to the left.
The vehicle then plunged into the sewerage tank filled with 6m of water.
Azmir said the four dogs in the vehicle also died in the mishap.
IAPWA had been involved in trapping, neutering and releasing stray dogs and cats in Sabah since 2014.