Police car crashes into lamppost at Dorset Road

A police car crashed into a lamppost at Oxford Road on the afternoon of Feb 8, 2016.
A police car crashed into a lamppost at Oxford Road on the afternoon of Feb 8, 2016.PHOTO: PRASHANT THADATHIL
The Straits Times understands that a car crashed into the rear door of the police car causing it to swerve.
The Straits Times understands that a car crashed into the rear door of the police car causing it to swerve.PHOTO: PRASHANT THADATHIL
The police car crashed near a fitness corner and park but no one was hurt.
The police car crashed near a fitness corner and park but no one was hurt.PHOTO: PRASHANT THADATHIL
A police car crashed into a lamppost at Oxford Road on Feb 8, 2016.
A police car crashed into a lamppost at Oxford Road on Feb 8, 2016.PHOTO: PRASHANT THADATHIL

SINGAPORE - A police car crashed into a lamppost at Dorset Road after being hit by another car on Monday (Jan 8) afternoon, but no one was injured.

The police said they were informed of the accident  along Dorset towards Gloucester Road at 2.55pm.

Upon arrival, police established that an accident involving a police vehicle and a car had occurred at the location.

The Straits Times understands that the car hit the rear door of the police vehicle causing it to swerve. It then mounted the pavement and hit a lamppost.

Mr Prashant Thadathil, 36, was on his way to the shops in his neighbourhood at around 2.45pm when he saw a police car driving past him on Dorset Road.

A few seconds later, he heard a loud bang, he told The Straits Times.

"It was going really fast, it's a narrow road and it's impossible to brake at the junction," he said, estimating that the car was going at a speed of 60 to 70 kmh.

Walking up to the junction, he saw the police car had crashed into a lamppost near a park and fitness corner. There was a gold sedan at the scene that was also involved in the accident, but it appeared undamaged.

"Thankfully there were no kids there, and no one was hurt. It was right next to the park," said Mr Thadathil, who works in the finance industry.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to an incident at Blk 33 Oxford Road at about 2.59pm.

It dispatched an ambulance to the scene but no one was injured, SCDF said.

Mr Thadathil posted photos of the incident on Facebook at about 3pm. From the photos, it appeared that the police car had also knocked down some palm trees.

Police investigations are ongoing.