Taxi ploughs into 69-year-old MBS staff

A Trans-Cab taxi crashing into an elderly man and sending him flying at Marina Bay Sands yesterday was caught on film by passers-by.
A Trans-Cab taxi crashing into an elderly man and sending him flying at Marina Bay Sands yesterday was caught on film by passers-by.SCREENGRAB: STOMP
A Trans-Cab taxi crashing into an elderly man and sending him flying at Marina Bay Sands yesterday was caught on film by passers-by.
A Trans-Cab taxi crashing into an elderly man and sending him flying at Marina Bay Sands yesterday was caught on film by passers-by.SCREENGRAB: STOMP

An elderly man was taken to hospital after a taxi crashed into him at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) yesterday afternoon.

In an incident caught on video, the 69-year-old MBS valet captain is seen walking on the driveway at Bayfront Avenue's Tower 1 when he notices a red Trans-Cab taxi approaching him rapidly.

He slows down, but despite his attempts to retreat, the vehicle hits him and sends him flying.

The taxi then crashes into a pillar. Throughout, the sound of screeching tyres can be heard. The taxi driver emerges from the car as scores of passers-by go to check on the elderly man. Footage of the incident was sent to citizen journalism website Stomp, and also uploaded on the Facebook page of road safety community Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road.

An MBS spokesman said that the valet captain was performing his duty during the time of the accident.

"We are rendering assistance to him and his family during this time, and are currently helping the authorities in their investigations," the spokesman added.

Both the elderly man and the 52-year-old taxi driver were taken conscious to the Singapore General Hospital, the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.

The SCDF added that it was alerted at 1.32pm and dispatched two ambulances to the scene. The hospital was alerted to be on standby to receive the 69-year- old man.

The police said that it was alerted at around 1.30pm to an accident involving a taxi, a car and a pedestrian at Bayfront Avenue.

Police investigations are ongoing. When contacted, Trans-Cab said that it was investigating the incident.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 25, 2016, with the headline 'Taxi ploughs into 69-year-old MBS staff'. Print Edition | Subscribe