Taxi crushed but cabby escapes unhurt

Cabby Loo Chee Soon had a lucky escape after this massive tree fell on his taxi yesterday, while it was stopped at the junction of Choa Chu Kang North 6 and Choa Chu Kang Drive. Passers-by said it was raining heavily before the incident, which happen
Cabby Loo Chee Soon had a lucky escape after this massive tree fell on his taxi yesterday, while it was stopped at the junction of Choa Chu Kang North 6 and Choa Chu Kang Drive. Passers-by said it was raining heavily before the incident, which happened at 1pm.PHOTO: STOMP

A cabby had a narrow escape yesterday after a large tree fell on his taxi when it was stopped at a red light in Choa Chu Kang.

"I heard a cracking sound, but I didn't know where it was coming from," Mr Loo Chee Soon, 61, told The Straits Times at the scene.

"Then, the tree hit my car. I was stunned and just sat there for about five minutes," said Mr Loo, who escaped unhurt.

Passers-by said it was raining heavily before the incident, which happened at 1pm at the junction of Choa Chu Kang North 6 and Choa Chu Kang Drive. When ST arrived, the police were still present. Workers were chopping the tree - a Senegal mahogany - and hauling smaller pieces to the roadside.

The National Parks Board said: "Following our protocol after heavy rain and strong winds, we will be inspecting the trees in the vicinity."

The National Environment Agency has said the second half of this month would see more showers, compared with the relatively dry and warm first half. Thundery showers are expected over the next four days.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2017, with the headline 'Taxi crushed but cabby escapes unhurt'. Print Edition | Subscribe