The exact location of the car believed to have been buried at the site of the collapsed lightning arrestor pole in Jalan Macalister has yet to be ascertained, according to Penang Fire Department director Azmi Tamat.
He said the search and digging operation to find the car Sunday evening was hampered as rain had been pouring down since 10.30pm, causing the area where the car was believed to be buried to be covered in mud.
"We don't know the exact location of the car when the mishap occurred. If the pole collapsed right onto the car, it probably have crushed the vehicle into pieces and we don't know the condition of the car or the driver," he told reporters at the scene here.
Nevertheless, he said the team would continue digging the area to find the buried car and victim for the next 24 hours.
So far, he said they had only managed to extricate three tyres or merely 10 per cent of the car components.
On Saturday, Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi confirmed that the car's chassis number found under the rubble at the scene matched that of food hawker Lim Chin Aik's car.
He said the discovery could unravel the case of a 44-year-old man who was reported missing since the incident, which occurred on Thursday.
The victim who drove a grey Honda City had gone to pick up his youngest daughter from the Penang Chinese Girls High School in Jalan Gottlieb about 6.30pm on Thursday. - Bernama