Bar pierces man's chest, killing him

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian security guard died after a metal bar at the rear of a container trailer pierced through his chest.

Mr Vimanan Letchumanan (right), 22, was riding his motorcycle to buy lunch when he crashed into the trailer on Wednesday morning just outside the Sembawang Shipyard at Admiralty Road West.

Mr Vimanan died early yesterday morning at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, four days after the accident.

The metal bar which pierced his chest left a gaping hole on his upper torso, his father, Mr Letchumanan, told The New Paper at the mortuary yesterday.

Mr Vimanan also had other injuries from the head to the abdomen area, Mr Letchumanan, 48, said.

The delivery driver, who works and lives in Malaysia, said: "He had a hole in his chest which the doctors could not close. (The doctors) used a transparent material in its place. I could see my son's own heart beating."


Mr Letchumanan and his wife rushed to Singapore as soon as they heard about the accident and stood vigil by their son at the intensive care ward.

He said his son had been on his way to buy lunch on his motorcycle at that time.

Mr Vimanan worked in the Senoko area. According to Mr Letchumanan, the trailer was preparing to turn left while his son's motorcycle was behind.

Mr Vimanan failed to brake in time and crashed into the metal bar before falling off the motorbike.

The trailer driver was apparently unaware that there had been a crash and drove on, Mr Letchumanan said.

But pedestrians who saw the incident shouted at the driver to stop and he did, turning back to the accident site.

A police spokesman said that Mr Vimanan was semi-conscious while he was taken to hospital. The trailer driver is assisting in police investigations.

Mr Letchumanan said that his son had proposed to his girlfriend last month and was planning to marry her in 2016.

Said the father: "He was a hard-working man who would send money back home frequently."

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