SLE towards BKE reopens after overturned cement mixer causes 2-hour closure

SLE towards BKE reopens after overturned cement mixer causes 2-hour closure
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The Seletar Expressway (SLE) towards the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) has reopened after a two-hour closure that saw a massive traffic jam on Monday morning (April 18).

A cement mixer is believed to have skidded before crashing into a centre divider, causing congestion in both directions on the expressway.

The jam stretched as far as the Tampines Expressway exit.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

According to The Straits Times, a Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said it was alerted to the accident at around 3.19am.

The spokesman said that personnel had to extricate the trapped driver, who was found conscious and in stable condition. The driver was then sent to Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital.

The Land Transport Authority tweeted at around 3.20am asking motorists to avoid Lane 1 along SLE towards BKE.

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The Singapore Police Force took to Facebook at 7.30am advising motorists to avoid the affected stretch and use alternatives.

An eyewitness told Channel NewsAsia that when he arrived at the scene, the truck had already overturned and hit the trees in the centre of the expressway.

He added that the truck driver had asked him for help but as it was dark, he was unable to do anything.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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