First a bus, now an ambulance gets stuck

A tow truck preparing to tow the ambulance, which was stuck in the field after trying to take a short cut to reach an injured man at a nearby street soccer court. The man was later taken to hospital in another ambulance.
A tow truck preparing to tow the ambulance, which was stuck in the field after trying to take a short cut to reach an injured man at a nearby street soccer court. The man was later taken to hospital in another ambulance.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
In September, a bendy bus which got stuck in the same field while trying to make a U-turn there had to be towed out of the soft earth.
In September, a bendy bus which got stuck in the same field while trying to make a U-turn there had to be towed out of the soft earth.ST FILE PHOTO

An ambulance was found in a field in Kim Keat Avenue yesterday - the same place where a bendy bus was stuck for 10 hours in September.

The ambulance got stuck while trying to take a short cut to attend to an emergency case nearby.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted at 10.10am that someone had injured himself at a street soccer court next to Block 256, Kim Keat Avenue. The man, who is in his 20s, was believed to have a dislocated left elbow.

A private ambulance operator with the SCDF was sent to attend to him. However, while making its way out of the field, the ambulance got stuck, SCDF said.

"Another ambulance was immediately dispatched. The patient was conscious and alert when conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital," SCDF said in a statement.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, a tow truck that arrived at the scene got stuck as well, so a second tow truck had to go to the rescue. The ambulance was towed away at 12.15pm.

Photographer Pang Too Kong, who has lived in the area for about 40 years, said it was raining in the morning but he did not hear or see anything unusual around the field.

He said the field had been returfed after a bendy bus drove through the same way and got stuck in the middle, in the early hours of Sept 29.

The bus, which had tried to make a U-turn in the field after making a wrong turn, had to be towed out of the soft earth. It had driven through a chain-link barrier separating the road from the field, said Mr Pang, 56.

The barrier has not been replaced after that incident.

Mr Pang said: "It's not possible to make a turn here. I don't know why this has happened again."

The field was a parking area for heavy vehicles before it was closed about 20 years ago, he added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 06, 2016, with the headline 'First a bus, now an ambulance gets stuck'. Print Edition | Subscribe