An accident which involved a grey sedan car near 55 Siglap Road on early Monday morning (3 October) has claimed the life of the vehicle’s 20 -year-old male driver.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the accident at around 5.30 am on Monday.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the male driver trapped inside the vehicle. The man, who is said to be in his early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics.
Facebook users said that there was a heavy rainfall this morning at the time of the accident. Tan Alv Ian wrote, “Sorry to read about this. Just drove past the area. The weather is wet this morning. For other commuters – there’s heavy traffic along upper east coast now and the buses heading toward city are running late.”
Nicholas Chin alerted motorists that roads would be slippery on rainy days and powerful continental cars are at higher risk of slippage. He wrote, “Singapore has nice roads, but even nicely build roads will be slippery when it rains, especially if it hasn’t rained in a couple of days. The first hour of showers will wash up all the oil, grease and gunk from the road and sideways. Please take note, powerful continental cars are at higher risk of slippage, especially to non seasoned drivers.”
Another Facebook user, Paul Poh, said that he had written a suggestion to the Land and Transport Authority (LTA) regarding the timing of the traffic lights. He wrote, ” Witness 2 accidents last year at the traffic junction of Siglap and East coast road. Luckily no one got injured. Wrote to LTA and suggest they looked into the timing of the traffic lights, got the usual SoP reply. I have live around this area for 50 yrs, before Siglap road exist. I take it as my responsibility to write to the relevant authority to inform them of the accidents before someone loose their life. Whether LTA take up my suggestion is not important, I looked forward to hear from LTA how many suggestions they received and acted upon.”
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) tweeted that the East Coast Road was closed after the accident.
It also asked motorists to avoid left lane as there were heavy congestion due to the accident.
A motorist told Today that more than 20 buses were trapped along Siglap Road and some of the drivers even got off their vehicles to see what was happened.
SBS Transit also alerted its passengers that the services were delayed along East Coast Road towards City due to an accident.