By Fabian Koh
SINGAPORE - Cabby Lim Ting Kok saw the silver BMW, but had no time to react.
He was driving along Farrer Road when the BMW X3 emerged from Empress Road.
The impact from the collision almost caused his vehicle to flip over, if not for a gold Honda Odyssey on his right cushioning it.
The accident took place around 9.40pm on Wednesday.
The impact caused the BMW to go up a pavement, straight over a grass patch and through some railings.
It finally came to a stop after crashing into the pillar of a sheltered walkway near a residents' corner.
The front of the car was smashed and the front number plate had dropped off.
Mr Lim, 65, was heading home in Kembangan, when the accident happened. It left his taxi with dents on both sides. Thankfully, he walked away unscathed.
He said: "I've got no injuries, but I'm still shaken. The loud impact from the accident really gave me a shock."
He is relieved there was no one along the pavement, or sitting at the residents' corner.
"Anyone sitting there would definitely have been seriously injured," he said.
The driver of the Honda Odyssey, Mr Jason Ang, 35, a construction manager, who also escaped unscathed, was heading home to Admiralty, when the accident happened.
"After the collision, his (Mr Lim's) taxi nearly flipped over, but it struck my vehicle and went back to normal," he said.
Mr Ang added that he then saw through his side mirror the BMW going off the road.
An eyewitness, who lives in the block of flats directly beside the accident spot and declined to be named, happened to be looking out of the window when the accident occurred.
"There was a loud screech and then a loud 'boom'," he said.
He added that there had been a group of construction workers sitting at the residents' corner, about 10m from the area where the car crashed through.
"They would sit around the area every day. Luckily, they were sitting at a different spot today."
The Singapore Civil Defence Force confirmed that they received a call at 9.41pm, and one person was taken to Alexandra Hospital.
Said Mr Lim: "The BMW driver was a woman with shoulder-length hair, and looked like she was in her early 40s.
"She was clutching her arm as she emerged from the vehicle."
This article was first published in The New Paper.