63-year-old car driver killed in collision with lorry in Jurong

The white Mercedes had crashed into the lorry, which was turning right to enter the PIE.
The white Mercedes had crashed into the lorry, which was turning right to enter the PIE. PHOTO: WANBAO
Police at the scene of the fatal accident.
Police at the scene of the fatal accident.PHOTO: WANBAO
After crashing into the Mercedes, the lorry then bumped into a stationary trailer.
After crashing into the Mercedes, the lorry then bumped into a stationary trailer. PHOTO: WANBAO
Shattered parts of the Mercedes is seen on the floor at the scene of the accident.
Shattered parts of the Mercedes is seen on the floor at the scene of the accident.PHOTO: WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A 63-year-old man was killed when his car, a white Mercedes, collided with a lorry in Jurong early Tuesday (Jan 5) morning.

The accident, which took place at the junction of Bukit Batok Road and the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) entrance, also involved a trailer after the initial crash. 

The lorry driver, a 27-year-old man, suffered injuries and was sent to Ng Teng Fong Hospital for treatment.

Mr Alex Ching, a motorcyclist who witnessed the accident at around 5.35am, told The Straits Times that he was on the right-most lane on Bukit Batok Road and had been preparing to turn right to enter the PIE. 

"The traffic lights were green and the vehicles in front of me had already turned right. I saw the white Mercedes (from Jurong Town Hall Road travelling straight) incoming and stopped, but the lorry on my left went ahead," said Mr Ching, 30, a dealers' supervisor at the Marina Bay Sands casino. 

"The two vehicles collided at the junction underneath the flyover and the Mercedes' engine compartment caught fire. The lorry then bumped into a stationary trailer that was waiting to exit the PIE."

Mr Ching added that a motorist had helped put out the car fire using a fire extinguisher. 

With the help of his female pillion rider and the lorry driver, Mr Ching attempted to free the Mercedes driver from his vehicle but his leg was trapped in the wreckage. 

"We were trying for about 15 minutes before the authorities arrived. He was still alive then," said Mr Ching. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it dispatched two fire engines, three ambulances and a support vehicle to the scene, but the fire had already been extinguished when it arrived. 

The Mercedes driver was extricated by SCDF officers using hydraulic rescue tools and subsequently pronounced dead by paramedics, SCDF added.

A YouTube video, from footage taken by the camera on Mr Ching's motorcycle, was uploaded by community group Singapore Reckless Drivers on Tuesday night and showed how the accident had occurred.

Police told The Straits Times they are investigating the accident.

Note: An earlier version of this story was based on a report by Shin Min Daily News. It has since been updated with the account from an eyewitness who was at the scene of the accident.