Man dies, 8 injured in 3-car accident

A police investigator taking notes at the scene of the crash involving a Volvo (left), a Hyundai (right) and a taxi yesterday.
A police investigator taking notes at the scene of the crash involving a Volvo (left), a Hyundai (right) and a taxi yesterday.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A 79-year-old man died and eight others were injured in a three-car accident at the junction of Sengkang Central and Buangkok Drive yesterday.

The accident, which occurred at around 12.30pm, involved a Hyundai driven by the man, a Volvo and a taxi.

Condominium manager Albert Lim, 56, told The Straits Times that he and his colleague were heading out for lunch in the Volvo, and were travelling along Buangkok Drive towards the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway when the Hyundai allegedly sped across the junction into their path, making a collision inevitable.

The impact activated the airbags in the Volvo, so he and his colleague did not suffer major injuries though they felt some tightness in the chest. The front part of their car was badly damaged. The Hyundai spun upon impact and hit a taxi nearby, said Mr Lim.

Besides Mr Lim and his colleague, two men and four women were injured, including a female passenger in the Hyundai, believed to be the dead man's domestic helper. Seven of those injured were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Mr Joseph Lee told The Straits Times he decided to help when he drove past the accident scene.

He said the victim was trapped in the driver's seat of his Hyundai.

A trained medic, Mr Lee entered the car through the front passenger door and tried to revive the man with an automated external defibrillator, but was unsuccessful.

Police investigations are ongoing.

•Additional reporting by Mark Cheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2016, with the headline 'Man dies, 8 injured in 3-car accident'. Print Edition | Subscribe