Cabby crashes into low wall at Bukit Batok HDB block

The cabby crashed into a 2m-long wall at Block 169, Bukit Batok West Avenue 8.
The cabby crashed into a 2m-long wall at Block 169, Bukit Batok West Avenue 8.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A taxi driver accidentally crashed into a low wall at a Housing Board block in Bukit Batok on Wednesday (Oct 25) night.

The Silvercab driver was reversing at an open-air carpark at Block 169, Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, when the incident occurred, Shin Min Daily News reported on Thursday.

When Shin Min arrived at the scene, the driver had left and the cab was being towed away

The rear of the taxi, along with a 2m-long low wall at the block, was badly damaged.

A spokesman for Jurong-Clementi Town Council told ST on Friday that the taxi driver was taken to hospital.

"Part of the parapet wall was damaged," said the spokesman. "For the safety of the residents and passers-by, the Town Council arranged to barricade the damaged parapet wall and clean up the area. We are rebuilding the damaged portion of the wall."

A resident who gave his name only as Mr Xu, a 71-year-old retiree, told Shin Min that he heard the sound of a car reversing before there was a loud bang.

"After that the driver drove the cab back to where it was originally and stayed to wait for the traffic police," he said.

He said the driver may have stepped on the wrong pedal, resulting in the vehicle lunging backwards suddenly.


The cab, which sustained damage on its rear, was towed away. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The police told The Straits Times that they were alerted to an accident involving a taxi at that carpark at 7.44pm on Wednesday.

Police investigations are ongoing.

 

In January this year, another taxi driver accidentally drove into a pillar at the void deck of a HDB block in Serangoon, knocking out large chunks of the pillar.

That same month, a taxi driver who stepped on the wrong pedal ended up crashing into the walkway between two blocks in Jurong West.