Taxi reversed into another cab, and hit a third one in Jalan Bukit Merah accident

A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.
A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.
A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.
A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A taxi reversed into another cab, then hit a third taxi when the driver changed direction in a panic.

The accident happened near Block 105 in Jalan Bukit Merah on Friday (Oct 23) morning, causing traffic to slow.

The taxi driver was attempting to leave the carpark but the barrier failed to lift at the gantry, according to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao. He then decided to reverse and move forward again in order for the reader to detect his in-vehicle unit.

When a carpark attendant arrived to raise the barrier manually, the driver stepped on the accelerator, forgetting that he had left the gear in reverse. As a result, he hit another taxi that was behind him.

In a moment of panic, he changed gears and stepped on the accelerator again, this time lurching forward onto the main road, hitting a third taxi which overturned, said Lianhe Wanbao.

The vehicle subsequently crashed into the barrier in the middle of the road, landing against the traffic on the other side.

The driver of the third taxi, identified as Mr Lin by Lianhe Wanbao, sustained abrasions on his right arm. He appeared to be in shock when reporters arrived, staring at the shattered window of his cab, and his coins scattered around the road.

Police said they were notified of the accident at 9.01am. Investigations are ongoing.

One of the three lanes was closed because of the accident.

About an hour later, another traffic accident happened along the same road when a lorry driver hit a van in front of his vehicle while looking at the accident scene when he drove past.

No one was injured.