Large tree falls onto road in Jurong West, blocking motorists

SINGAPORE - A large tree fell across a road along Jurong West Avenue 4 early this morning (June 19), blocking the paths of motorists in both directions.

A resident in the area told The Straits Times that he went to the window of his home after hearing loud cracking sounds at around 2.30am. He saw a taxi turning back because of the obstacle.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it dispatched a fire engine and a support vehicle to the scene. Officers assisted in cutting the fallen tree before handing the operation over to the National Parks Board.

Fallen Big Tree at Jurong West Ave 4,, next to blk. 704, off Jw st 71. Both side of 3 lanes each are closed. Time about 0230am.

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No injuries were reported, The Straits Times said.

A video of the incident, posted on Facebook by user Jackie Chia at around 5am, shows SCDF officers cleaning the road with water hoses.

In a photo posted by Mr Chia at around 8am, tree branches can be seen strewn by the sides of the road and on the road divider.

Photo: Facebook user Jackie Chia

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