Lest you’re unaware, last week was a sad week.
There was not one, not two, but three accidents that occurred in the causeway in the same week.
What happened though? When exactly did the incidents transpire?
Without further ado, here’re eight facts about them.
1. Chain of events
According to the police, the first accident involved a trailer, a lorry and three motorcycles. The incident had occurred on Saturday (30 June) at the Woodlands Causeway Bridge.
Photos and videos of the accident were subsequently posted on social media, and they showed a lorry crashing across the road divider and right into traffic heading in the opposite direction.
[30 June, 2.30am] A traffic accident has occurred at the Causeway. The departure lanes are closed temporarily. Travellers are advised to use Tuas checkpoint should they need to depart the country urgently.
Posted by Nan Xing claypot rice on Friday, 29 June 2018
Sadly, the accident left two dead and three injured in its wake.
“A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead by paramedics at scene. Two other men, a 23-year-old lorry driver and a 37-year-old motorcyclist, were conscious when conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital,” said the police.
“Another motorcyclist aged 42 was unconscious when conveyed to hospital, where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.”
3. Route block
As a result of the incident, all lanes of the Causeway leading to Johor Bahru were temporarily closed for two hours.
“A traffic accident has occurred at the Causeway. The departure lanes are closed temporarily,” the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a Facebook post at about 2.30am.
“Travellers are advised to use Tuas checkpoint should they need to depart the country urgently.”
Around 2 hours later, two of the three departure lanes were reopened, but it wasn’t until three more subsequent hours that normal operations have fully resumed at Woodlands Checkpoint.
According to Channel News Asia, the Singapore Civil Defence Force had received a call regarding the incident at about 1:00 a.m. and had followed up with the dispatch of three ambulances and one fire engine.
Incidentally, according to our fire-fighting power rangers, another person who was injured refused to be admitted to hospital. Which soon became a roaring topic of discussion amongst a bunch of Netizens.
Following the incident, the 30-year-old trailer driver was apprehended for suspected drink driving, while the 23-year-old lorry driver was taken in for causing death by Rash Act.
Investigations are, as of this moment, still ongoing.
6. The Second Accident
The second one, that occurred early on Sunday (1 July) morning at Woodlands Checkpoint, involved four cars in what seemed to be a crash of horrific proportions.
One of the cars, a black Subaru, had its front wrecked, while another had its rear done in. As can be seen from the photo below, thin smoke can be seen dissipating from the vehicles.
According to the police, they were alerted at 3:20 a.m. to the accident, in which 2 male car drivers aged 32 and 51 were sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital conscious.
The SCDF expressed that it received a call for assistance at around 3:30 a.m. at 21 Woodlands Crossing, and added that the two sustained minor injuries.
8. Third Altercation
Last but not least, the third incident involved two motorcyclists who were injured in an altercation along the Bukit Timah Expressway towards Woodlands Checkpoint. Okay, it wasn’t exactly in the causeway but it’s close enough.
It actually happened one hour before the first accident, in the wee hours of Saturday (30 June).
The two motorcyclists, aged 41 and 48, were subsequently sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Incidentally, the former was unconscious when admitted to hospital.
Road accidents are never a laughing matter, and my heart goes out to the victims who have passed because of the unforgiving road. We here at Goody Feed hope that they will rest in peace, and that their family members will get over the shock as soon as possible.
Drive safely on the road. Because it’s not just your life that’s in the equation.
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