Taxi rams into Thai restaurant at Block 107, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh

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Updated Nov 17, 12pm:

A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant at Toa Payoh at around 5.20pm Wednesday (Nov 16).

According to Stomp contributor Ng, who was on her way to work when she witnessed the incident, she said she was only "a few steps" away from the crash site.

The name of the restaurant is Thai Lily Restaurant and is located at Block 107, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh.

Ng said: "I was on my way to work, and the taxi crashed into the restaurant. If I had walked three steps ahead, I would have gotten hit by the taxi.

"What's unusual is that the taxi driver was not in the driver's seat, but in the passenger seat instead.

"Thankfully no one was eating in the restaurant at that time."

Taxi crashes into Thai restaurant at Toa Payoh Lorong 1

"I feel really shocked because the sound of the crash was really loud.

According to Ng, oil from the taxi spilled all over the restaurant, and the taxi also damaged some walls of the place.

The Stomp team was at the scene and spoke to another Stomp contributor whose car was affected by the crash.

The woman was at a neighbouring store during the time of the accident, and when she heard the crash, she rushed to the scene and realised the right side of her car was slightly grazed by the taxi.

Mr Danson Chai, 23, a waiter at Thai Lily Restaurant, said he was attending to a customer when the accident happened.

Mr Chai, who attended to the confused driver, told The New Paper in Mandarin: “He looked very lost and was unable to open the car door. The left side of his head was bleeding.

“When he got out of his cab, he acted as if he didn’t know where he was or what was going on.”

The 61-year-old driver was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital conscious and is now recuperating from his injuries, said a spokesman from ComfortDelGro, which runs CityCab. 

The spokesman told The Straits Times that the driver was making a three-point turn when he accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. This caused the taxi to surge forward into the shop.

"We are in touch with the shop owner and will be assisting the police in their investigations," the spokesman added.
 


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