Journalist and passers-by rescue man trapped in toppled van

Along with other members of the public, Shin Min reporter Ren Qi (in blue) helped rescue a man trapped in a van.
Along with other members of the public, Shin Min reporter Ren Qi (in blue) helped rescue a man trapped in a van.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Along with other members of the public, Shin Min reporter Ren Qi (in blue) helped rescue a man trapped in a van.
Along with other members of the public, Shin Min reporter Ren Qi (in blue) helped rescue a man trapped in a van.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - An unconscious van driver was rescued from his vehicle along Commonwealth Avenue on Friday (June 9) by passers-by and a journalist who happened to be there.

The man had lost control of his vehicle and the van hit a tree before tipping on its side at about 12.10pm, Shin Min Daily News reported on Saturday (June 10).

Mr Ren Qi, a Shin Min reporter who happened to pass by, saw the accident and rushed to help.

The driver was trapped in the vehicle, with his eyes shut, and appeared to have fainted.

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A 50-year-old man who was working nearby, Mr Xu, came forward to help as well, and together the pair woke the driver up and helped him out.

Afterwards, five to six members of the public also came forward to help, with some directing traffic.

The police told The Straits Times that they were alerted to the accident involving a van along Commonwealth Avenue towards Boon Lay Way at 12.12pm that day.

The 49-year-old male van driver was taken conscious to the National University Hospital, and police investigations are ongoing.