2 killed and 1 injured in accident near KKH in Bukit Timah Road

In video footage and pictures of the incident, the silver van is seen with its front severely damaged. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

SINGAPORE - Two men aged 25 and 42 died in an accident involving a van early Saturday morning (Oct 20), with another 25-year-old man taken to hospital.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the accident at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Mackenzie Road at about 3.10am, said a spokesman. He added that the two men were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

According to the police, the two who died were passengers while the injured man was the driver.

An eye witness said the van had been speeding along Bukit Timah Road when it mounted a curb on the left side of the road and crashed near KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH).

Associate engineer Anders Tan, 27, and his friend were in a car along the same road when the accident happened, and it was captured on the dashboard camera.

"My friend, who was driving the car, saw the van mount the kerb, producing sparks," said Mr Tan.

The injured driver was taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and The Straits Times understands that he had open wounds on his left knee. He was later arrested for causing death by rash act, added a police spokesman.

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The three men were friends who had just celebrated the driver's birthday, Shin Min Daily News reported on Saturday.

The two passengers were private hire car drivers and the elder man was the godfather of the younger one, the report said.

It quoted the elder man's sister as saying he had a son and was separated from his wife.

The Straits Times understands that the van skidded and hit a tree. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

In video footage and pictures of the incident online and sent to citizen-journalism website Stomp, the silver van is seen with its front severely damaged.

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SCDF sent two fire engines, two fire bikes, three ambulances and two supporting vehicles to the scene.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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