3 taken to hospital after 6-vehicle pile-up along PIE on Monday

A motorcyclist was injured in the incident after skidding beneath a pick-up truck. Blood could be seen on his head and hands.
A motorcyclist was injured in the incident after skidding beneath a pick-up truck. Blood could be seen on his head and hands. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS READER

SINGAPORE - Six vehicles collided in a major pile-up along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), near the Adam Road exit, towards Tuas, on Monday (May 15) evening.

Three motorcyclists were taken to hospital.

The accident, which occurred at 5.13pm, was said to have been caused by a motorcycle that skidded, reported Shin Min Daily News on Tuesday (May 16).

Two lanes out of four along that stretch of expressway were closed to facilitate recovery operations.

A 14-sec video taken by a netizen, Mr Tan, showed that a motorcycle skidded and went beneath the back of a car while another skidded and went beneath the cargo compartment of a small pick-up truck. The video is no longer available.

In photos posted on Facebook, a man, believed to be one of the motorcyclists involved, is shown lying in front of the pick-up truck in pain.

Photos taken by Facebook user Tan Chee Long showed the man bleeding from his head and hands.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for the police said they were alerted to an accident involving a pick-up, two cars and three motorcycles along PIE towards Tuas on Monday.

Two motorcyclists were taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), while another motorcyclist was taken conscious to Ng Teng Fong Hospital (NTFH).

Police investigations are ongoing.

Mr Dral Raffian Setria, 27, suffered head and spinal injuries in the incident, said his brother, Mr Ryan Setria, a 28-year-old Grab driver.

“My brother is currently unable to walk properly due to his injuries and the doctors told us he would need to undergo physiotherapy,” he told The Straits Times.

His brother was discharged from TTSH on Wednesday morning and transferred to NTFH, where he is still warded.

Speaking to ST, Mr Raffian, a rider with Cisco, said that he recalled riding in the rightmost lane, before a silver car swerved aggressively into his lane and hit his front tyre.

This caused him to be flung from his motorcycle onto the second lane, where he skidded underneath an oncoming pick-up truck that pinned him to the road.

“A rider in another lane managed to hear my shouting and fell down (from his motorcycle) in shock.”

“He alerted the pick-up driver to stop and reverse so that I could be extracted.”