Facebook user earns flak for insensitive comments over fatal PIE accident

Facebook user earns flak for insensitive comments over fatal PIE accident
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SINGAPORE - Singapore's Facebook community have been buzzing over the controversial comments by a motorist named Ong Zichuan who expressed his anger towards the fatal Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) accident that happened yesterday.

According to a post on All Singapore Stuff's Facebook page today (Dec 31), Ong had commented on the story posted on The Straits Times Facebook page.

The comments have since been deleted.

Ong was apparently stuck in the jam because of the accident, and vented his frustration by commenting that the deceased victim "deserves it".

When users reproached him, he commented that the victim's "life is nothing" to him and had wasted his "time and money".

The Straits Times had reported that the accident caused a massive traffic jam on the expressway that lasted over three hours.

Earlier today, All Singapore Stuff's Facebook page had posted a video clip of the fatal accident that took place on Wednesday (Dec 30) morning along the PIE.

The video clip was captured on the dashboard camera of a taxi travelling behind the affected vehicles and has been viewed for over 45,000 times.

 

Fatal accident that caused the massive jam on PIE towards Tuas. #RIP

Posted by All Singapore Stuff on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It shows a yellow taxi slamming into the rear of a white car.

The motorcycle which had been travelling in between the two vehicles can be seen skidding across the lanes as its rider became trapped under the white car.

An eyewitness told The Straits Times: "The uncle... was lying beside the car's wheels. It was awful and I think he died on the spot."

The trapped motorcyclist was freed by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers using hydraulic tools, but was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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