BKE collision: Rescue over in less than three minutes

BKE collision: Rescue over in less than three minutes

He was on the way to drop his wife and sister-in-law at a hotel when he saw smoke at a distance on the Bukit Timah Expressway.

When The New Paper's senior executive photojournalist, Mr Jonathan Choo, 56, got nearer, he saw a man in white running around a car that was on fire. The man turned out to be Mr Lim, who was trying to save the driver in the burning car.

Mr Choo stopped to take pictures of the accident and to see how he could help. He saw a woman sitting on the road shoulder. She was the passenger that Mr Lim had rescued moments earlier. When Mr Lim ran to the other side of the car, Mr Choo realised that the driver was still inside.

He noticed that Mr Lim and Mr Yang, the tipper truck driver who was at the scene, were having problems trying to get the driver out as there was not enough space between the truck and the car.

The driver, who was unconscious, could only be taken out halfway. So Mr Choo suggested that Mr Lim enter from the left rear passenger door and slide the driver out diagonally. It worked.

Less than a minute had passed since Mr Choo reached the scene.

Soon after that, someone mentioned the car might explode.

Mr Lim carried the driver about 5m further away from the car.

A woman motorist who was comforting the passenger was unable to move her, so Mr Choo stepped in to carry her.

The victim was in shock and could not walk, he said. Less than a minute later, the car exploded in flames.

"If the driver had not been saved in time, he would have died," said Mr Choo.

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