Motorcyclist run over while trying to squeeze between 2 trucks

Left, from top: A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks, then lying sprawled on the road after being run over. The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced
A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks (above), then lying sprawled on the road after being run over. The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced dead at the scene. Workers in the area say the stretch of road is often busy, with heavy vehicles and motorcycles jostling for space.PHOTO: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK
Left, from top: A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks, then lying sprawled on the road after being run over. The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced
A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks, then lying sprawled on the road after being run over (above). The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced dead at the scene. Workers in the area say the stretch of road is often busy, with heavy vehicles and motorcycles jostling for space.PHOTO: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK
Left, from top: A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks, then lying sprawled on the road after being run over. The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced
A dashboard video of Thursday's accident along Jalan Buroh shows the motorcyclist trying to squeeze through between two trucks, then lying sprawled on the road after being run over. (Above) The rider, Malaysian Loh Fook Siong, was pronounced dead at the scene. Workers in the area say the stretch of road is often busy, with heavy vehicles and motorcycles jostling for space.PHOTO: ROADS.SG/ FACEBOOK

42-year-old Malaysian rider pronounced dead at the scene

Seconds after trying to squeeze between two trucks in Jalan Buroh, a motorcyclist is seen sprawled on the road after a container truck runs over him.

The two-lane road leads to a roundabout with exits to the West Coast Highway and West Coast Road.

A dashboard video of the incident was uploaded onto the Facebook page of road safety community Roads.sg on Thursday night.

Police said Malaysian rider Loh Fook Siong, 42, died after a container truck ran over him at about 6.15pm on Thursday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force sent an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said investigations are ongoing, but no arrest had been made at press time.

  • Other accidents in the area

  • OCT 27

    Three men, aged between 17 and 25, were riding their electric bicycles when they were involved in an accident along the West Coast Highway. One died at the scene, another died in hospital, while the third survived. The incident, which involved a trailer, took place close to midnight at the junction of Pandan Crescent and the West Coast Highway.


    NOV 21

    A 52-year-old motorcyclist died after colliding with a lorry at the junction of Jalan Buroh and Jurong Port Road.


    NOV 23

    A 37-year-old motorcyclist was killed along the West Coast Highway near Clementi Road. He was trying to avoid a sapling that was bent over by the strong wind.

Those working in the area, including the industrial parks in nearby Pandan Loop, said the stretch of road is often busy, with heavy vehicles and motorcycles jostling for space.

The accident happened near the junction of the West Coast Highway. Shopkeepers said traffic is especially heavy in the evening, when many Malaysians ride their motorcycles home.

The Straits Times understands that the Traffic Police have been conducting frequent enforcement operations in Jalan Buroh.

Mr Jimmy Tow, owner of Heng Li Metal Works, said the accident happened outside his shop.

"I feel that this area is quite prone to accidents and visibility can be quite poor at the roundabout nearby," said the 59-year-old.

Mr Mohamed Riduan, 52, a warehouse assistant who has been working near Jalan Buroh for about eight years, said: "There are many container trucks here from around 5.30pm to 6.30pm."

He added that some container truck drivers also tend to speed.

Property officer Ridzuan Razak, 27, often rides his motorcycle along Jalan Buroh. He said a new viaduct over the roundabout has eased the flow of traffic.

But some motorcyclists take a "risk" by squeezing between trucks to beat traffic. He added that truck drivers may not be able to spot the motorcyclists when they do so.

The Jalan Buroh incident is the fourth fatal accident reported this week.

Traffic Police statistics show that heavy vehicles, which make up 5 per cent of the vehicle population here, were involved in 843 non-fatal accidents last year, up from 795 in 2014.

In the first half of last year, 36 motorcyclists and pillion riders died in accidents. The figure was 31 in the same period this year.

There were 66 fatal accidents in the first half of this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'Motorcyclist run over while trying to squeeze between 2 trucks'. Print Edition | Subscribe