Driver arrested after car crashes into market in Marine Parade, injuring 3

The crash left the stall in a mess of flower petals, soil and shattered glass. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS READER
A white car crashed into a florist's stall at a market at Block 50A Marine Terrace. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO READER
Police investigations into the accident are ongoing. PHOTO: ANUAR ROSLAN

SINGAPORE - Three people were injured when a car crashed into a market in Marine Parade on Saturday (Dec 9), and the driver of the car was later arrested.

The 51-year-old driver is believed to have lost control of his vehicle and driven up the kerb and into the market, crashing into a florist's stall around 12.30pm on Saturday (Dec 9) at Block 50A, Marine Terrace.

The three people who were injured were 58-year-old Yeo Lee Eng, a florist who has been running Eileen Flower Shop for more than 10 years; a friend of hers known as Ah Hai who was helping out at the stall; and a maid who was buying flowers.

Ms Yeo's 36-year-old daughter, Karen Tng, told The Straits Times that her mother had been taken unconscious to Changi General Hospital but has since woken up.

"My mother is now talking normally to us. She's shaken," said Ms Tng, who works in sales. "We are waiting for the doctor to speak to us. When we found out about the accident we dropped everything."

She said Ah Hai, who is believed to be in his 60s, suffered more severe injuries. He had been visiting Ms Yeo at her shop and helping her out.

Ms Yeo's friend, cab driver Tony Ang, 58, was at the stall on Saturday afternoon to supervise the clean-up efforts.

He said the driver reportedly told the police that his car had a mechanical fault.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the accident at 12.34pm. Three people aged between 30 and 60 were injured and taken to Changi General Hospital.

One of them was unconscious, the police added. The driver was not among the injured.

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The police said they were alerted to an accident involving a car and three pedestrians at Block 50A, Marine Terrace, at 12.34pm. The driver of the car, a 51-year-old man, was arrested for causing grievous hurt by a negligent act.

Food delivery rider Anuar Roslan, 22, told ST that he passed the area around 2pm and saw the car at the market. A photo he sent in shows police tape cordoning off the area.

A clerk who gave his name as Mr Li told Shin Min Daily News in a report on Saturday that he was eating breakfast at the market when the accident occurred.

"I was eating breakfast when suddenly I heard a loud sound and stallholders started shouting," he said. "I went to look and there was a man and a woman on the floor, not moving."

When ST visited the market on Saturday afternoon, workers from the Town Council were helping to clean up the shop and the surrounding area, which was a mess of flower petals, soil and shattered glass from a broken refrigerator.

ST has contacted the Marine Parade Town Council for more information.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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