Large tree branch falls on Lower Delta Road, causes hour-long road closure

A massive fallen tree branch blocked traffic on two lanes of Lower Delta Road, causing an hour-long closure for traffic along one direction of the road.
A massive fallen tree branch blocked traffic on two lanes of Lower Delta Road, causing an hour-long closure for traffic along one direction of the road.PHOTO: TAY KIAT SWEE
Eyewitness Tay Kiat Swee said he heard a loud crack before a branch fell onto the Lower Delta Road and obstructed both lanes of traffic in the direction towards Beo Crescent.
Eyewitness Tay Kiat Swee said he heard a loud crack before a branch fell onto the Lower Delta Road and obstructed both lanes of traffic in the direction towards Beo Crescent.ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
A massive fallen tree branch blocked traffic on two lanes of Lower Delta Road, causing an hour-long closure for traffic along one direction of the road.
A massive fallen tree branch blocked traffic on two lanes of Lower Delta Road, causing an hour-long closure for traffic along one direction of the road.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Branches were cut and moved to the side.
Branches were cut and moved to the side. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Branches were cut and moved to the side.
Branches were cut and moved to the side. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Branches were cut and moved to the side.
Branches were cut and moved to the side. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - A massive fallen tree branch blocked traffic on two lanes of Lower Delta Road on Wednesday afternoon (Nov 22), causing an hour-long closure for traffic along one direction of the road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said there were no injuries.

An SCDF spokesman told The Straits Times it was alerted to the incident at 2.17pm, and dispatched an ambulance to the scene. However, no medical help was required.

Rag-and-bone man Tay Kiat Swee, 70, said he heard a loud crack at about 2pm, before a branch from the yellow flame tree fell onto Lower Delta Road and obstructed both lanes of traffic in the direction towards Beo Crescent.

Before the police arrived, Mr Tay took an orange caution sign by the road from earlier works and placed it in front of the fallen tree. He also used a whistle to alert motorists to the obstruction.

Once the sign was in place, Mr Tay decided to check if any pedestrians had been crushed by the tree.


Mr Tay picked up a caution sign nearby and placed it at the side of the road to caution vehicles. PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG 

"Cars are bigger and easier to see, but not pedestrians. So I decided to dig through the branches to see if anyone had been trapped. It was lucky that no one was injured," he said in Mandarin.