Branch of 40-year-old tree falls and damages 2 cars at Boon Keng Road, no injuries reported

The car's sideview mirror was broken by the falling branch. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The car's sideview mirror was broken by the falling branch. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - The branch of a 40-year-old tree broke during a storm and damaged two vehicles that were parked underneath it.

The incident occurred on Sunday (June 7) at 9am. The vehicles were parked in an open-air carpark at Boon Keng Road, in front of Block 16.

Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the falling branch might have been due to heavy rain or the weight of the tree itself.

Mr Wang Rong Jie, a 65-year-old shop owner who witnessed the incident, said there was a storm at the time and he heard a loud sound.

He told Wanbao: "I went to the back of the shop to see what had happened and I saw the branch lying on a car and a van."

The car's sideview mirror was broken by the falling branch. The engine cover on the right of the van was also dented.

Mr Wang said he bought a new Mercedes car six months ago and has also been parking it under the tree. He initially thought his car was damaged.

"I was relieved that the branch just brushed past my new car," he said. He has since moved his car away from the tree.

He said he believed the tree was more than 40 years old as it was there when he opened his shop 40 years ago.

After the incident, a group of workers was deployed to sweep away the leaves and saw off large branches of the tree. No injuries were reported.

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