Lorry crashes into pedestrian walkway at Sengkang, driver arrested

The lorry driver was later arrested for an offence of rash act.
The lorry driver was later arrested for an offence of rash act.PHOTO: STOMP
The accident wrecked part of the pedestrian shelter along Punggol Road, near Block 298A, Compassvale Street.
The accident wrecked part of the pedestrian shelter along Punggol Road, near Block 298A, Compassvale Street.ST PHOTO: GREGORY PHUA
An officer at the scene said the entire shelter must be replaced.
An officer at the scene said the entire shelter must be replaced.ST PHOTO: GREGORY PHUA

SINGAPORE - A lorry crashed into a pedestrian walkway in Sengkang on Monday (Sept 25), after an accident with another lorry. As a result of the accident, part of the road was closed and buses were diverted.

The police were alerted to the accident at the junction of Compassvale Street and Punggol Road at 12.36pm, they told The Straits Times.

A 59-year-old lorry driver was arrested for an offence of rash act in relation to the case, the police said.

ST understands that he was the driver of the lorry that crashed into the shelter, causing it to buckle at some parts.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force dispatched an ambulance to the scene.

"A woman in her 50s was assessed with minor injuries and refused to be taken to hospital," said the SCDF spokesman.

ST understands that she is believed to be a passenger from the lorry.

After the accident, the stretch of Punggol Road towards Tampines Expressway was closed after Compassvale Street, the Land Transport Authority said in a tweet at 3.04pm.

Five SBS Transit bus services - 27, 86, 88, 89 and 161 - skipped the bus stops at Block 298A, Compassvale Street, as a result of the accident, the bus operator said in a tweet.

When ST was on the scene at 3.40pm, the vehicle had been cleared and the road reopened. There were some workers at the scene and barriers had been put up, blocking off part of the walkway.

An officer there said the entire shelter will have to be replaced.

Bus services at the affected bus stop resumed around 4pm, according to SBS Transit's Twitter.

Police investigations are ongoing. 

Additional reporting by Gregory Phua