Yesterday night, at around 9:30 p.m., a freak accident occurred on Balestier Road: An excavator, which was carried by a truck, hit an overhead bridge.
In order to visualize this better, here’s an image of a truck.
And here’s an excavator.
So, what exactly happened? Here’re eight facts you should know.
A truck carrying an excavator was driving along Balestier Road when the excavator’s hand, or to be more specific, its “elbow”, hit the lower side of the overhead bridge. The truck comes to an halt immediately, and the excavator’s arm was lodged on the bridge.
According to eyewitnesses, debris and stones dropped from the bridge. The truck was apparently not speeding (given the fact that it could stop there, it would seem so).
Where exactly did it happen?
Balestier Road is a busy and relatively long road, so it’s hard to pinpoint on the location without a picture.
So here you go, a picture that speaks a thousand words:
The accident occurred on the direction towards Moulmein Road (which, based on the map above, is towards the left), but the road closure that was between McNair Road and Serangoon Road affected both directions.
Are people injured?
Thankfully, no one was on the bridge at that moment. In addition, the debris and stones did not hit anyone.
The people in the truck also ran out immediately, so they did not suffer any injuries.
Why did it happen?
Investigations are still ongoing, but the 57-year-old driver and his 59-year-old employer, who was also in the truck, have been arrested. Also, the driver’s driving license was suspended immediately.
If you’re a driver, you’ll notice that on every overhead bridge, entrance or whatnot, there’s always a height limit indicated clearly on them.
Did something like this happened before?
Unfortunately, yes. In 2015, someone captured a footage of an almost exact same incident, but during that time, the truck apparently moved on for a while before stopping.
Occurring on Upper Thomson Road, the excavator’s arm scraped the bridge, and LTA immediately deployed people to assess the damage and repair it.
Thankfully, no one was injured.
The company involved merely told the media that there was minimal damage to the excavator (seriously, who cares?) and that the driver was unharmed.
What’s going to happen to the bridge?
Unlike the 2015 incident, this is much more serious: the bridge is misaligned, and it turned out that the entire bridge has to be removed. LTA said that the structural integrity has been compromised, so it can’t be used anymore. In normal English, it means the bridge broken liao, must build new one.
According to a director of a crane company, the bridge also has to be taken down in order to remove the excavator, since its hand is lodged in the bridge.
What’s the progress so far?
According to the LTA Facebook Page, by 7:30 a.m. this morning, the roads (for both directions) are open again. Pedestrians who use the bridge regularly are advised to use the nearby traffic lights to cross the road.
Kudos to the unsung warriors who worked through the night!
How does it look like last night?
So far, there hasn’t been a footage on the accident moment, but netizens and mainstream news outlets have posted footages of what happened after the incident.
Here are some.
Now, here’s one simple takeaway: There would always be idiot drivers in Singapore, but the authorities’ swift action to rectify the problem is one more reason why Singapore is so safe.
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