Eight injured in crash at Victoria Street junction

The grey sedan hit a traffic light, causing it to topple over.
The grey sedan hit a traffic light, causing it to topple over.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Victims in morning collision between two cars include 71-year-old pedestrian

Eight people were injured after two cars collided at the junction of Victoria Street and Jalan Sultan yesterday morning.

The accident occurred at around 8am, when a grey sedan travelling along Victoria Street crashed into a black MPV travelling on Jalan Sultan, in the direction of Syed Alwi Road.

Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday that the driver of the sedan suddenly lost control of his vehicle before hitting a traffic light at the junction, which caused it to topple over.

The impact of the crash crumpled the bonnet of the sedan.

The crash caused the MPV to skid out of control before ending up on the second lane of Victoria Street in the direction of Lavender Street, in front of Hotel Boss. The front right door of the MPV was badly damaged, and the front right wheel was dislodged.

As a result of the accident, one of the cars hit a pedestrian, believed to be a 71-year-old woman.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the accident at 8.15am and sent a fire engine, a Red Rhino, five ambulances and two support vehicles to the scene.

A police spokesman said the eight victims, aged between 20 and 71, were taken to hospital following the accident.

Seven were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and one to the Singapore General Hospital.

The Straits Times understands that the victims included one pedestrian, as well as the driver and the six passengers of the grey car.

The police directed traffic at the junction, amid spilt oil and wreckage from the accident, as bystanders gathered to watch.

Eyewitnesses said one injured man's clothes were smeared with blood and he had a bandage wrapped around his head. Another victim, lying on a stretcher, wore a head brace and had bandages on his arm, legs and abdomen.

Passers-by, including the occupants of two cars who stopped to offer assistance, helped the injured.

The police said investigations are ongoing.

In 2012, three people died and two were injured when a Ferrari hit a taxi after beating a red light at the junction of Victoria Street and Rochor Road, about 1km away from the scene of yesterday's accident.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'Eight injured in crash at Victoria Street junction'. Print Edition | Subscribe