Gardener dies after excavator rams into him at nursery

SINGAPORE- A gardener died on Thursday (July30) after an excavator rammed into him.

Chinese evening daily Shin Min reported that Mr Lee Wei Qi, 29, was at work at a nursery on Sungei Tengah Road near Choa Chu Kang when the accident happened. A main artery in his heart is believed to have been punctured in the incident that happened at about 1.20pm.

Mr Lee died in the ambulance on the way to National University Hospital. The police said that he was already in a semi-conscious state when the ambulance arrived.

The police have arrested the 30-year-old excavator operator for allegedly causing death by negligence.

Shin Min reported that Mr Lee, who was autistic, had been working at the shop for a few years, and that he was a filial son. Members of his family, who spoke to the paper, said that his mother was inconsolable. Her husband died three years ago. Another son works in Hong Kong and is on his way back to Singapore.

A spokesman from the nursery, Prince's flower shop, reportedly declined to comment, citing ongoing police investigations.