2 dead, 3 injured in traffic accident at Causeway

2 dead, 3 injured in traffic accident at Causeway
PHOTO: Land Transport Authority

Two people were killed and three others were injured in an accident involving a trailer, a lorry, and three motorcycles along the Causeway on Saturday (June 30).

The trailer driver and the lorry driver were subsequently arrested, police told Stomp.

In response to Stomp's queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for assistance at about 1am from Woodlands Causeway Bridge.

Three ambulances and one fire engine were dispatched to the scene.

A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A 42-year-old motorcyclist was unconscious when taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Two other men, a 23-year-old lorry driver and a 37-year-old motorcyclist, were conscious when taken to hospital.

According to the SCDF, another man sustained minor abrasions and refused conveyance to hospital.

Stomp understands that he was a passenger in the lorry.

The police, who were alerted to the accident at 1.04am, said: "The 30-year-old trailer driver was arrested for suspected drink-driving, while the 23-year-old lorry driver was arrested for causing death by a rash act."

Stomp understands that all of the men involved are Malaysians, apart from the 42-year-old motorcyclist, who is a Singapore permanent resident.

Stomp contributor Fadhli told Stomp that he was stuck for 30 minutes in a traffic jam that resulted from the accident.

Fadhli, who submitted videos of the jam, said: "The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) closed all the lanes and we couldn't enter Woodlands Checkpoint."

Videos taken at the accident site have also been circulating on social media.

A nine-second clip posted by 'Nan Xing claypot rice' on Facebook shows a lorry that appeared to be travelling from the opposite side of the road, before veering into the opposing lane and hurtling against traffic.

The lorry appeared to narrowly miss a motorcyclist.

on Facebook

[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

Another video shows a death tent and several police vehicles at the scene.

Facebook user Nor Aqlaa shared pictures and a video showing paramedics attending to victims who were lying on the road.

on Facebook

[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 Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Friday, 29 June 2018

on Facebook

[30 June, 4.55am] 2 out of 3 departure lanes have re-opened at Causeway. Travellers are advised to check One Motoring website before embarking on their journey.

Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Friday, 29 June 2018

on Facebook

[30 June, 8.00am] All Departure lanes at the Causeway have re-opened and operations at Woodlands checkpoint have resumed normalcy. We would like to thank travellers for their cooperation.

Posted by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority on Friday, 29 June 2018

The ICA posted on Facebook at 2.30am that "a traffic accident has occurred at the Causeway" and that "the departure lanes are closed temporarily".

In an update at 8am, it wrote: "All departure lanes at the Causeway have re-opened and operations at Woodlands Checkpoint have resumed normalcy."

Police investigations are ongoing.

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