Car catches fire on SLE resulting in traffic jam, 2 lanes closed

A car caught fire on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) at about 1pm on Saturday.
A car caught fire on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) at about 1pm on Saturday.PHOTO: MALYSSA MALSA
SCDF officers extinguished the fire with a compressed air foam jet.
SCDF officers extinguished the fire with a compressed air foam jet.PHOTO: ST READER

SINGAPORE - A car caught fire on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) at about 1pm on Saturday (Dec 10) after an accident with a lorry.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received an alert for assistance along SLE at about 12.50pm and dispatched two fire engines, one fire bike and one ambulance.

SCDF officers extinguished the fire with a compressed air foam jet.

Two men in their early 20s were taken to Khoo Teck Puat hospital in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


SCDF officers extinguished the fire with a compressed air foam jet. PHOTO: MALYSSA MALSA

Eyewitness Malyssa Malsa, a 24-year-old student, told The Straits Times that she was in a taxi on the SLE near the Lentor exit at about 1pm when she saw smoke.

"From far, I saw smoke and it got worse when the cab got nearer," she said.

"There was quite a congestion from people stopping to take pictures. The heat was really bad."

She added that she did not see anyone in the car, and said that a lorry driver stopped in the middle lane to take photos of the burning car.

Another ST reader who was also at the scene, said the fire had been put out by the time she was there and there was a lot of foam on the road.

She said the traffic jam was "very serious", with two lanes closed.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Twitter at 1.02pm that there was an accident on SLE towards BKE before the Lentor Avenue exit, and advised motorists to avoid lanes one and two.