Taxi crashes in to Thai eatery at Toa Payoh Lorong 1

A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening.
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening. PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening.
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening. PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening.
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening. PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening.
A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening. PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN

SINGAPORE - A taxi crashed into a Thai restaurant along Toa Payoh Lorong 1 on Wednesday (Nov 16) evening.

The eatery, Thai Lily Restaurant, is located at Block 107, which is near Braddell MRT station.

Police said they were alerted to the accident at 5.19pm. 

The 61-year-old male taxi driver was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The Straits Times understands that no other people were injured.

There were no diners in the restaurant as it had just opened for the night, residents said.

A stationery car was also involved in the accident.

A spokesman for Comfortdelgro, which runs CityCab, said the driver was making a three-point turn to exit the carpark at that time. 

He had accidentally stepped accidentally on the accelerator instead of the brake, which caused the taxi to surge forward into the shop, the spokesman said.

“Our cabby sustained slight injuries and is now recuperating in the hospital. We are in touch with the shop owner and will be assisting the police in their investigations,” she added.

Ms Chris Hwang, 51, who is self employed, was browsing in the Phoon Huat outlet next door, when she heard the staff there talking about an accident outside.

Curious, she went out to take a look and saw her car was scratched when the taxi crashed into the restaurant.

"I got here about 4.45pm to pass some time while waiting for my husband. I had parked at another lot at first, but as I was walking here I saw a empty lot, so I drove my car and parked it nearer to the shop," she said.

"I did not hear any sound while I was in Phoon Huat, so I didn't think something serious happened. I was shocked to see this."

The taxi was towed away at 6.50pm. Police investigations are ongoing.