2 crashes on PIE in close succession: Man arrested for suspected drink driving, 2 taken to hospital

Cars in an accident along PIE towards Changi Airport, near Eunos Flyover, on May 31 at 10.40pm. PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM TIKTOK

SINGAPORE - Two separate accidents, one involving a motorcycle and a car, and another involving a seven-car pile-up, occurred in close succession at the same spot along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) on Tuesday night (May 31). 

A 38-year-old man, the car driver in the first accident, was arrested for suspected drink driving, the police said on Wednesday.

The police added that the second crash involved six cars and a taxi. Two people in the pile-up, where one car mounted another, were taken to hospital.

The police said they were alerted at 10.35pm to the two accidents, which took place along the PIE towards Changi Airport, near Eunos Flyover.

Investigations are ongoing.

Two men, a 50-year-old driver of one of the cars in the second accident, and his 54-year-old passenger, were conscious when taken to Changi General Hospital. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said three others were assessed for minor injuries and they subsequently refused to be taken to hospital.

In a video posted on TikTok and later shared on Facebook, seven cars, including a BlueSG car and a taxi, were seen lined up against one another on the right-most lane of the expressway.

A Toyota car can be seen directly on top of another Toyota vehicle. People were also seen making phone calls by the side of the expressway. An ambulance was at the scene.

The motorcyclist involved in the first accident, who wanted to be known only as Mr Manikandan, 24, told The Straits Times he was riding home from his workplace at Tai Seng when his motorcycle and a car behind him collided.

“I quickly held onto my motorcycle tightly, and I swerved left and right before stopping at the side of the expressway,” he said.

“As I was getting off my motorcycle, I heard loud bangs behind me. By the time I turned around, I saw a line of cars that had crashed into one another.”

The data engineer said he suffered injuries on his right calf and aches on his shoulder and back. After the accident, he went to a hospital on his own to get checked up.

“It was scary. I’m glad I’m okay and I hope everyone will be too,” said Mr Manikandan, who received outpatient treatment.

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