'When I saw the tents, my heart sank'

'When I saw the tents, my heart sank'
Mr Gary Harris, who tipped TNP off when he noticed a traffic accident on his way home.

Traffic police officers and vehicles were all over the four-lane road.

As Mr Gary Harris inched his car forward in the middle of the traffic jam, he found out why.

A trail of blood could be seen on the road, leading to two police tents on the side of the road.

Mr Harris said: "When I saw the tents, my heart sank."

He was on his way home around 3pm that Sunday, on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, when he got caught in the jam caused by the accident.

The casualties were a motorcyclist in his 20s and his pillion rider, a woman in her 30s.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said both died at the scene.

"Their families must be really heartbroken. I was praying that they would be able to get through this difficult time," he said.

A loyal reader of The New Paper for eight years, he immediately called the paper's hotline about the news.

RAISE AWARENESS

"I wanted to share the news of the accident and raise awareness on how important it is to drive safely on the road."

He faithfully buys a copy of TNP from a provision shop every morning and takes it home for his family to read in the evening.

He said: "The articles published are very detailed, with many graphics, which makes understanding easier."

Another TNP reader, Mr John Yeo, 50, called us to report a scuffle that he witnessed at Bendeemer Food Centre last Thursday.

The fight had taken place between one of the cleaners at the food centre and a cardboard collector.

They had got into an argument at 9.15am, following a serious quarrel the day before.

He had heard their argument that morning when he arrived in the area, but didn't think much of it.

Then he saw the cleaner, who had hit her head on one of the tables, lying on the floor, dazed, while blood could be seen on the table and chair beside her.

"I was a little taken aback by the scene," said Mr Yeo.

As someone had already called for an ambulance, he called the TNP hotline.

Mr Yeo has been reading TNP daily since 1988.

He especially enjoys the sports section and the witty headlines.

For their tip-offs, these readers will each receive $100 worth of Pezzo Pizza vouchers.

We value your calls and e-mails, so keep them coming. Call us at 1800-733-4455, SMS or MMS 9477-8899 or e-mail us at tnp@sph.com.sg

You can also use the tip-off function in our new smartphone app, which can be downloaded at tnp.sg/app

 


This article was first published on Sep 29, 2014.
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