Car crashes into newly restored church's outer wall

The car ended up on the pavement outside the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Bras Basah Road. The church had recently undergone three years of restoration work. The driver had minor injuries.
The car ended up on the pavement outside the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Bras Basah Road. The church had recently undergone three years of restoration work. The driver had minor injuries.PHOTO: COURTESY OF GT3

Lamp posts and road signs knocked down; driver, 31, held for suspected drink driving

Two days after the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd reopened and held its first service, a car crashed into the outer wall surrounding the church in Bras Basah Road.

The white Audi R8 V10 had gone off the road and onto the pavement outside the church, after knocking down lamp posts and road signs along the main thoroughfare early yesterday morning.

The driver of the sports car, a 31-year-old man, has been arrested for suspected drink driving, a police spokesman said.

The cathedral had held its first mass on Sunday, after three years of restoration work that cost $40 million.

The crash damaged the wall slightly, and the church's spokesman said the project's contractors, who were still on the site, will look at the extent of the damage before deciding on a course of action.

"We hope the driver of the car is safe, and we wish him well," he said.

The Straits Times understands that the driver lost control of the car while driving on the right-most lane of the four-lane road.

He had minor injuries and was taken to Singapore General Hospital in an ambulance. The police were informed of the accident at 5.56am.

At 7.09am, the Land Transport Authority tweeted: "Accident on Bras Basah Road (towards Raffles Boulevard) after Prinsep Street."

It slowed the morning peak-hour traffic as the innermost right lane was cordoned off with cones, said motorists like magazine editor David Ting, 43, who was taking his wife Joey Lee to work.

Mr Kannan Chandran, 57, who works in a publishing firm, said he saw three lamp posts knocked to the ground.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2016, with the headline 'Car crashes into newly restored church's outer wall'. Print Edition | Subscribe