Motorcyclist killed trying to avoid sapling bent over by strong wind along West Coast Highway

A blue tent seen at the scene of the accident along West Coast Highway.
A blue tent seen at the scene of the accident along West Coast Highway. PHOTO: CONNEXTAXI/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A motorcyclist was killed in an accident along the West Coast Highway near Clementi Road on Wednesday (Nov 23) morning - the third reported fatal road accident in less than two days.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the accident at 6.50am and dispatched an ambulance.

The 37-year-old male victim was declared dead by paramedics at the scene. When contacted, a police spokesman said investigations were ongoing. 

The Straits Times understands that he had been attempting to avoid a sapling that was bent over by strong wind when the accident happened. 


Two lanes on the three-lane highway were cordoned off by Traffic Police, causing congestion. PHOTO: CONNEXTAXI/FACEBOOK

Photos of the accident's aftermath were uploaded onto Facebook by taxi community group Connextaxi. A blue tent was seen at the scene, with Traffic Police cordoning off two lanes on the three-lane highway.

The accident caused traffic congestion that stretched all the way to Penjuru Road, according to a tweet by the Land Transport Authority.

SBS Transit's bus service 175, which plies the highway on its way to the city, was also delayed.

The West Coast Highway was the scene of another fatal accident on Oct 27, when three young men riding their e-bikes were hit by a trailer truck.

One died at the scene, another succumbed to his injuries in hospital, and the third survived.

Wednesday's incident is also the third reported fatal road accident in less than two days.

On Monday evening, a 47-year-old male pedestrian was hit by a car while crossing North Bridge Road. Later that night, a 52-year-old motorcyclist was sent to hospital - where he eventually succumbed to his injuries - after colliding with a lorry at Jalan Buroh.