Lorry hits pillar supporting MRT track

The lorry landed on one side after crashing into a bridge support pillar shortly after 8.30am yesterday. The 33-year-old driver, who was conscious, had to be extricated from the wreckage.
The lorry landed on one side after crashing into a bridge support pillar shortly after 8.30am yesterday. The 33-year-old driver, who was conscious, had to be extricated from the wreckage.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A lorry driver was taken to hospital yesterday after his vehicle hit a bridge support pillar of an MRT track and it flipped onto its side.

The 33-year-old was driving along New Upper Changi Road at about 8.30am when the accident occurred, an eye witness said.

The front passenger seat of the lorry was crushed by the impact of the crash.

Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the accident at around 9am and had to extricate the man from the wreckage.

The police said he was conscious and was taken to Changi General Hospital. No details about his injuries were given.

His belongings, including a bottle of coins, were left scattered by the road and a panel of glass from the vehicle's window was found about 6m away.

An employee at a nearby nursery said he heard the sound of sudden braking, then a crash.

A fire engine, a Red Rhino and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The police are investigating.

Samantha Boh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2015, with the headline 'Lorry hits pillar supporting MRT track'. Print Edition | Subscribe