Motorcyclist flung onto MRT tracks after accident on Lentor flyover

The accident occurred early on Thursday morning along a stretch of the flyover that spans the tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations. -- PHOTO: ST READER
The accident occurred early on Thursday morning along a stretch of the flyover that spans the tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations. -- PHOTO: ST READER
The accident occurred early on Thursday morning along a stretch of the flyover that spans the tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations. -- PHOTO: ST READER
The accident occurred early on Thursday morning along a stretch of the flyover that spans the tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations. -- PHOTO: ST READER

SINGAPORE - A 29-year-old motorcyclist died after he was flung onto the MRT tracks between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang stations early on Thursday morning following a traffic accident on the Lentor flyover.

SMRT spokesman Patrick Nathan said its staff helped the authorities to access the North-South Line train tracks to recover the body. The accident had occurred along a stretch of the flyover that spans the tracks.

Police had received a call at about 12.58am, and its spokesman said the motorcyclist pronounced dead at scene. Investigations ongoing.

SMRT staff also replaced some damaged third rail covers that were dislodged from the incident.

Mr Nathan said the MRT line was "thoroughly checked to ensure serviceability before the start of service".

In 2003, a car ended up on the same stretch of track between Yishun and Khatib stations after crashing through the fence. Technician Loh Hwee Peng, then 23, was driving his brother's Mercedes E200 when he lost control of it, causing the car to veer and land on the track. The incident forced a train carrying hundreds of commuters to come to a screeching halt, but not before flattening the front of the car.

Mr Loh was not injured as he scrambled out of the car, and was helped to safety by passers-by. Two men suffered minor injuries. The accident disrupted train services for more than three hours and cost SMRT between $100,000 and $150,000 in damage and lost revenue.