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Nine hurt in car-lorry collision; car driver arrested for suspected drink driving

A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
A BMW driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. The male BMW driver in his 20s is understood to have been drink driving, when he hit the lorry from the back.&
A BMW driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. The male BMW driver in his 20s is understood to have been drink driving, when he hit the lorry from the back. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
 A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
 A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
 A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN
 A car driver was arrested on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. -- PHOTO: SHINMIN

A car driver was arrested on Sunday, after his recklessness on the road caused a lorry to overturn and left nine injured. The impact of the collision also saw seven of the lorry's eight passengers being flung out of the vehicle and onto the road. One even landed in a nearby canal. At least four of the passengers are believed to be seriously injured, having sustained multiple fractures.

The male BMW driver in his 20s is understood to have been drink driving, when he hit the lorry from the back. The lorry was carrying seven Indian and Chinese national workers behind. They were on their way to work when this incident occurred along the Pan-Island Expressway towards Tuas, near the Jurong East Ave 1 exit.

The workers told the Chinese evening dailies that they saw the car zooming towards them, but had no time to escape. The lorry is said to have spun twice, before tottering over onto its side. The car appears to have hurtled on, and only came to a halt after hitting the road divider.

Of the nine in the lorry, including the driver, two were trapped in the vehicle, while the other seven were flung out. One landed in the canal, two at the edge of the canal, and the other four on the road. The Chinese evening dailies reported that they sustained head, foot, and rib fractures, among other injuries.

A Singapore Civil Defence spokesman said that five of the casualties were taken to Alexandra Hospital, while the other four were taken to the National University Hospital.

The car driver was unhurt. Police investigations are ongoing.