Motorcyclist, 49, dies in 4-vehicle accident on PIE

A 49-year-old motorcyclist was killed after a four-vehicle accident on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) yesterday morning.

The accident, which happened before the Eng Neo exit of the Tuas-bound PIE at about 10.30am, involved a taxi, two cars and a motorcycle, according to the police.

It also caused a massive traffic jam that stretched all the way to the Toa Payoh exit about 3.5km away.

A video of the crash, filmed by a taxi driver and shared on the Facebook group All Singapore Stuff, showed a yellow Comfort cab slamming into the rear of a car, with the motorcyclist sandwiched between the two vehicles. The motorcyclist was pinned under a car and his body had to be freed using hydraulic tools, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman.

The man was pronounced dead by paramedics on the spot.

The Straits Times understands he was a permanent resident from India. The police are investigating.

Motorists and commuters took to social media to complain about the traffic jam, which lasted more than two hours.

Customer service consultant Casey Mallari was stuck in the jam for about 20 minutes. The 27-year-old said she saw the motorcyclist's helmet by the side of the road, adding: "The uncle... was lying beside the car's wheels. It was awful and I think he died on the spot."

Danson Cheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2015, with the headline 'Motorcyclist, 49, dies in 4-vehicle accident on PIE'. Print Edition | Subscribe