Front of van caves in after accident with lorry at Tuas, driver trapped

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.PHOTO: ETHAN CHRISTOPHER LIM
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.PHOTO: ETHAN CHRISTOPHER LIM
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.PHOTO: ETHAN CHRISTOPHER LIM
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers rescuing the trapped van driver.PHOTO: ETHAN CHRISTOPHER LIM

SINGAPORE - An accident between a trailer and a van in Tuas on Monday (June 12) evening trapped the van driver in his vehicle and caused the front of the van to cave in.

Photos sent by ST reader Ethan Christopher Lim show a silver van behind a trailer.

Mr Lim, a 32-year-old finance officer, told The Straits Times that Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers had just arrived when he drove past the site at Tuas West Road, next to Tuas West Mrt Station, at 6.30pm.

"The driver was trapped," said Mr Lim. "SCDF just arrived and were rushing to free him. They were trying to cut open the driver's door with some tools."

There were just two vehicles involved in the accident, and he did not see the driver of the trailer. Mr Lim said traffic was very light when he passed by.

Police said they were alerted at 5.54pm to the accident involving a lorry and a van at the junction of Pioneer Road n Tuas West Road.

SCDF said it dispatched two fire engines, one ambulance and one support vehicle to the scene.

SCDF rescued a man in his 20s, who was trapped in the van, using hydraulic tools. He had multiple injuries and was taken to the National University Hospital.