3 fatal accidents from driving against traffic in 3 years

A fatal accident along the Ayer Rajah Expressway last month was caused by a driver going against traffic – one of three such deadly incidents in the last three years.
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There were three fatal accidents caused by drivers going against traffic in the last three years, said Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng in Parliament yesterday.

Three MPs had filed questions relating to drivers going against the flow of traffic, following a fatal accident along the Ayer Rajah Expressway last month and several reports of drivers travelling in the wrong direction.

1 dead, 3 injured in AYE accident

  • An accident on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Monday (Dec 19) morning left one dead and three others injured.
  • The accident occurred at about 8am.
  • According to an eye-witness, the accident that left a trail of destruction on the expressway was caused by a driver of a Mercedes who allegedly drove 120km against the flow of traffic.
  • In the videos, a severely damaged silver-coloured car can be seen next to a wall of the AYE.
  • The car's bonnet was completely smashed.
  • A few metres away, there was a fallen motorcycle beside a stationary car surrounded by debris. A woman who looked to be conscious was lying in front of the motorcycle.
  • The SCDF said that it was alerted to the accident at about 8.05am.
  • SCDF personnel attending to a black-coloured car that was also involved in the accident.
  • A male Chinese was found trapped in the driver's seat of a car and he was extricated by SCDF using hydralic rescue tools. He was pronounced dead by paramedics.
  • Three persons were conveyed to NUH.
  • Two contributors sent videos of the accident to citizen journalism website Stomp.

Responding to a question from Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC) on how his ministry assesses the clarity of road signs, Mr Ng said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) refers to international standards when designing and installing road signs and markings.

He added that the LTA engages independent, specialist road safety engineers to review the clarity and effectiveness of road signs and markings for new roads, as well as conducts regular safety audits of existing roads.

Ms Pereira also wanted to know how the Transport Ministry decides if and when signs have to be installed or improved.

Mr Ng said the LTA reviews up to 24 roads annually based on accident trends. It also takes into account public feedback on specific roads.

Vehicle caught going against traffic along AYE towards Tuas

  • A driver was seen going in the wrong direction and nearly causing an accident along Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) towards Tuas, before Clementi Avenue 2 exit Thursday (Jan 5), at around 1.26am.
  • A clip of the incident was shared by Facebook user Danny Eng and posted on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page.
  • In the video, the driver, whose car camera captured the incident, is unexpectedly forced to swerve out of the way for another driver going against the flow of traffic.
  • No details of the car or driver are known.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee told the House that the penalties for driving dangerously against the flow of traffic are being evaluated, as part of a broader review of penalties under the Road Traffic Act.

Mr Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC) had asked if the maximum penalty for motorists who cause death by driving against the flow of traffic should be reviewed.

Mr Lee said his ministry will make an announcement when the review is completed.

11 hurt in 5-vehicle accident on AYE

  • More than 10 people were injured in a chain collision on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Thursday (Jan 5) morning.
  • Police said they were alerted to the accident involving five vehicles at 6.58am. The vehicles were headed towards Tuas after the Jurong Town Hall Road exit.
  • The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said 11 people were taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
  • The Straits Times understands that 10 of the injured were from a minibus. The other four vehicles involved were a motorcycle, a lorry, and two cars.
  • A passenger from one of the cars also sustained injuries. The motorcyclist was not injured.
  • It is understood that a domino effect was triggered when a lorry switched lanes and nearly hit the motorcyclist, who swerved into another lane.

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This article was first published on Feb 7, 2017.
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