Car crashes into divider, driver killed

Pieces of the dislodged road divider could be seen on the grass verge beside the road, along with parts of the car body. The scene of the accident yesterday. The car may have skidded while travelling towards Mountbatten Road. The driver was trapped i
The scene of the accident yesterday. The car may have skidded while travelling towards Mountbatten Road. The driver was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. He was pronounced dead at the scene.PHOTO: COURTESY OF M. H. YAP
Pieces of the dislodged road divider could be seen on the grass verge beside the road, along with parts of the car body. The scene of the accident yesterday. The car may have skidded while travelling towards Mountbatten Road. The driver was trapped i
Pieces of the dislodged road divider could be seen on the grass verge beside the road, along with parts of the car body.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A 25-year-old man died yesterday morning after crashing his car into a centre divider in East Coast Road.

His car is believed to have skidded while travelling towards Mountbatten Road.

No one else was hurt in the incident that happened at about 5.30am opposite Siglap Centre, amid heavy rain.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the driver was trapped in the car and had to be extricated. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A resident of a landed home nearby, who wanted to be known only as Alan, told The Straits Times he was awakened by the noise from the crash. "I thought a building had collapsed. I heard a few bangs and called the police," said the 47-year-old who works in the shipping industry.

When he looked out of his window, he saw passers-by trying to help the man, but they could not unlock the car door, he said.

When ST visited the scene yesterday morning, pieces of the dislodged road divider could be seen on a nearby grass verge, along with parts of the car body. The part of the divider which was slammed into was bent.

Mr Kamal Abdul Rahman, 65, a pest controller, said the two-lane road was completely blocked, causing a two-hour jam.

The police said investigations are ongoing.

Jalelah Abu Baker

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2016, with the headline 'Car crashes into divider, driver killed'. Print Edition | Subscribe