The video was going viral online, and Malaysian Chin Jia Yi was watching it like other netizens, curious to see what happened in the horrific accident along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) last week.
Little did she know that she would be in for the nastiest of shocks. While watching the clip on Facebook, Ms Chin, 21, spotted her own father, 54-year-old Chin Boh Fatt, lying among the injured at the accident site.
"I immediately contacted my mother who, coincidentally, had just received a call from my father," she told Malaysian news agency Bernama.
She added that she was relieved to hear that her father, who has worked in the construction industry in Singapore for the past three decades, had only sustained an injury to his left thigh.
The accident occurred last Saturday (Mar 11), when a van crashed into several motorcyclists who were taking shelter under a flyover along the expressway to put on their raincoats.
Two Malaysians, Loke Whay Mam, 50 and Lim Chun Hong, 34, were killed in the accident. Six others, including Mr Chin, sustained injuries and were sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
24-year-old Koh Boon Ping, who had been driving the van, was arrested, and his driving license was immediately suspended. On Monday (Mar 13), he was charged in court with two counts of causing death by a rash act.
If convicted, he could be jailed for up to five years and/or fined for each charge.
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