I was lucky passers-by came forward to help, says South Korean pinned under truck

35-year-old Kim Sung Mo, who was rescued by about 30 passers-by after he was hit by a truck, escaped with a leg fracture and underwent surgery on Wednesday.
35-year-old Kim Sung Mo, who was rescued by about 30 passers-by after he was hit by a truck, escaped with a leg fracture and underwent surgery on Wednesday.PHOTO: SCREENGRABS FROM VIDEO COURTESY OF FOO SUAN WANG

SINGAPORE- It was a close shave for 35-year-old Kim Sung Mo, the South Korean who was rescued by about 30 passers-by after he was hit by a trailer truck at the junction of Boon Keng Road and Bendemeer Road.

Mr Kim escaped with a leg fracture and underwent surgery at Tan Tock Seng hospital on Wednesday night.

"I felt very scared after I got knocked down. I was lucky that there was this group of helpful passers-by who rushed to lift the truck and pull me out in time," he said from his hospital bed in comments reported by evening daily Lianhe Wanbao yesterday.

 

The incident took place at the junction of Boon Keng Road and Bendemeer Road at about 11.45am on Wednesday. The 25-year-old truck driver has been arrested. Police said that investigations were still ongoing.

Footage of members of public helping Mr Kim was caught on camera and went viral online.

Mr Kim, an employee from the Grand Hyatt hotel in Seoul, was in Singapore for a business trip. His parents are on their way to Singapore.

Lianhe Wanbao also reported that his right leg was in a cast and his right arm in a sling when its reporter visited him. He also suffered abrasions to the face.

Mr Kim said that he could not personally thank those who pulled him out to safety as he was feeling giddy at that time.

"But I am really very grateful to them for saving me," he said in fluent English.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force will be presenting public-spiritedness awards to the members of public who helped Mr Kim.

While they have been able to identify more than 10 people who helped, they are still looking for the rest. The SCDF encouraged the others who helped to come forward by calling 6471-7147 or 6332-3001 .