7 injured in chain collision involving 12 cars on KPE

Aftermath of a chain collision along KPE.

SINGAPORE - A pile-up of 12 cars happened on the rightmost lane of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on Friday (Oct 6) morning, sending seven people to the hospital.

The Land Transport Authority posted on Twitter at 9.38am about an accident in the direction of East Coast Parkway, before the Tampines Road exit, and advised motorists to avoid Lane 1.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the accident at about 9.45am, and sent three ambulances to the scene.

Three women and four men were conscious when taken to hospital. Five of them were taken to Singapore General Hospital, while two of them were taken to Raffles Hospital.

The Straits Times understands that their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police investigations are ongoing.

In a video sent by a reader of The Straits Times, multiple vehicles could be seen lining the rightmost lane of the road, stuck bonnet to boot. Two ambulances could be seen parked at the front of the line.

Mr Tey Kian Seng, chairman of insurance company AWG Insurance Brokers, said that the insurance liability in this case will depend on whether the case goes to court.  

“If it doesn’t go to court, the second person will pay for first person's car and the third will pay for the second, and so on. If it goes to court, the court will give a judgment,” he said. 

He added that with more motorists using dashcams, this helps insurance companies assess whether the accidents are multiple collisions that occurred or just a single collision.