Driver trapped in garbage truck dangles over third-floor railing in Senoko

The driver was eventually freed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force with an aerial rescue platform, and was taken to hospital.
The driver was eventually freed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force with an aerial rescue platform, and was taken to hospital.PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM WHATSAPP

SINGAPORE - A driver was trapped in a garbage truck, dangling precariously over a third-floor railing of an incineration complex in the Senoko area on Monday (April 10) night.

A photo circulating on WhatsApp showed a man in the front car of a Sembcorp truck dangling over a railing. A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer is shown at the site, along with what appears to be an SCDF vehicle on the paved road below.

SCDF told ST that it received a call for help at about 7.20pm for a driver who was trapped in a garbage truck on the third-level ramp of an incineration complex at 30 Attap Valley.

As the truck was slightly over the ramp edge, SCDF had to rescue the male driver using an aerial rescue platform, said the spokesman.

The driver was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Responding to ST queries, a Sembwaste spokesman confirmed that an incident involving one of its trucks occurred at Attap Valley Road on Monday night.

"No one was injured in the incident, however the driver was conveyed to the hospital for observation," said the spokesman.

"Safety is very important to Sembwaste. At this point it is not clear how the incident occurred. We are investigating the matter and will be working with the authorities in this regard as well," she said.

Additional reporting by Ariffin Jamar