Driver dies after being run over by own prime mover in freak accident at Yishun

39-year-old Shanmugam Jothi was killed after the prime mover he had just parked at a block near Yishun Industrial St 1 rolled over him.
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

A moment's forgetfulness cost a prime mover driver his life.

39-year-old Shanmugam Jothi was killed on Wednesday (April 27) morning after the prime mover he had just parked at a block near 15 Yishun Industrial St 1 rolled over him.

He was believed to be returning to the heavy vehicle after realising he had forgotten to engage the brakes. However, the vehicle moved forward and crushed him, Shin Min Daily News reported.

Hong, a man who works in the industrial building told the Chinese evening daily that he saw police officers and ambulances at the scene. 

In a one-minute video Hong showed reporters, Jothi was seen walking towards the vehicle when it started moving off a slope.

【本地】40岁司机遭自己的拖车撞毙   拖车司机到工业楼载货,岂料停车后拖车头仍向前滑去,已下车的司机疑为了赶返驾驶座拉起手刹,竟冲向车头当场被碾过撞毙,脑浆四溢。   这起事故发生在今早8时04分,地点在义顺工业1街的工业楼。   读者洪...

Posted by Shin Min Daily News 新明日报 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The deceased, an Indian national, worked at a logistics company here for the past seven years.

According to the manager of the company, Jothi was picking up cargo at the location that morning. He added that the company is in the midst of contacting and providing assistance to the deceased's family in India.

The police said they were alerted to a fatal accident at 8.09am. Upon arrival, a man was found lying motionless on the ground and pronounced dead on the scene by a Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedic.

Police investigations are ongoing.

In December 2016, prime mover driver Guo Jiasheng was killed in a similar accident at 15 Pandan Crescent. While attempting to return to the driver's seat to stop his prime mover, he was crushed against a wall, the coroner said.

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