Home Briefs: Truck spill causes 5-hour jam on PIE

Truck spill causes 5-hour jam on PIE

An accident on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) towards Changi Airport, before the Kallang Way exit, brought traffic to a crawl yesterday for at least five hours and caused a jam stretching back to Adam Road.

The accident involved a car and a tipper truck, which landed on its left side and spilled its load of sand onto the road. Police said they received a call about the accident at about 1.20pm.

There were no injuries.

S'pore, Indonesia armies end exercise

The armies of Singapore and Indonesia successfully completed their annual bilateral exercise this morning with a closing ceremony at Murai Urban Training Facility.

Code-named Exercise Safkar Indopura, the event was first conducted in 1989 to underscore the close defence relations between the two countries, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement yesterday.

The 12-day exercise was hosted by Singapore this year and involved 150 personnel each from both armies.

They carried out drills in urban operations, live firing, map planning and combined field training.

Smoke from escalator didn't deter shoppers

Smoke rising from an escalator at Nex mall in Serangoon on Tuesday evening did not deter shoppers from using it.

An eyewitness said shoppers could be seen riding it even as the escalator, connecting the second and third floors, was emitting smoke. It was stopped and cordoned off when the smoke alarm sounded, and repairmen were sent to investigate and repair.

A faulty motor was the cause of the smoke, said a spokesman for the mall.

No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation.

Embassy worker gets UK award from Queen

Ms Mindy Tay, 53, who has worked in various roles at the British High Commission Singapore for over 32 years, was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) last night.

The title is awarded by the Queen for outstanding service and significant achievements. The ceremony took place at the British High Commissioner's residence at 28, Nassim Road.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2015, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe