Lorry driver arrested after 3 pedestrians killed in accident near Yio Chu Kang MRT station

The police were alerted to a traffic accident involving a lorry, an SBS Transit bus and three pedestrians in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 at about 9.30am, on April 23.
The police were alerted to a traffic accident involving a lorry, an SBS Transit bus and three pedestrians in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 at about 9.30am, on April 23.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The 25-year-old male lorry driver has been arrested for causing death by a negligent act.
The 25-year-old male lorry driver has been arrested for causing death by a negligent act. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The 25-year-old male lorry driver, who suffered injuries in the accident, has been arrested for dangerous driving causing death.
The 25-year-old male lorry driver, who suffered injuries in the accident, has been arrested for dangerous driving causing death.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
A lorry was believed to have crashed into three pedestrians near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on April 23.
A lorry was believed to have crashed into three pedestrians near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on April 23.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
A lorry is believed to have crashed into three pedestrians near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on April 23.
A lorry is believed to have crashed into three pedestrians near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on April 23.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
Policemen were spotted directing traffic and pedestrians who were crossing the road.
Policemen were spotted directing traffic and pedestrians who were crossing the road.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
SCDF officers extricated two pedestrians from under the lorry using rescue lifting airbags.
SCDF officers extricated two pedestrians from under the lorry using rescue lifting airbags.PHOTO: ST READER
All three pedestrians involved in the accident were declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
All three pedestrians involved in the accident were declared dead at the scene by paramedics.ST PHOTO: JAN LEE
The windscreen of the bus involved in the accident was badly cracked on the right side.
The windscreen of the bus involved in the accident was badly cracked on the right side. ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

SINGAPORE - Three pedestrians died after a lorry is believed to have crashed into them near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on Monday morning (April 23).

The 25-year-old male lorry driver, who suffered injuries in the accident, has been arrested for dangerous driving causing death. The Straits Times understands he is Singaporean.

The police said they were alerted to a traffic accident involving a lorry, an SBS Transit bus and three pedestrians in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 at about 9.30am.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that officers extricated two pedestrians from under the lorry using rescue lifting airbags.

All three pedestrians were pronounced dead by SCDF paramedics at the scene.

According to the police, the lorry driver was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in a conscious state.

SCDF said that the hospital was alerted to be on standby to receive him, which is typically for more serious cases.

When ST arrived at about 11am, a large area near the traffic junction was cordoned off. 

A traffic light was toppled in the accident and part of it was wedged under the lorry. 

 

Nearby, three blue tents could be seen, with a lorry and SBS Transit bus some distance away.

The windscreen of the bus was badly cracked on the right side, while the drain railings on the pavement were also crushed in the accident.

SBS Transit senior vice-president of corporate communications Tammy Tan said the SBS bus was waiting at the traffic light when the lorry hit the three pedestrians before crashing into the bus. 

None of the bus passengers were hurt, Ms Tan added. "Our hearts go out to the families of the pedestrians."


A traffic light was toppled in the accident. ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO


The SBS Transit bus some distance away from the scene of the accident. ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

Eyewitness Leow Jun An, 19, told ST the lorry narrowly missed him before it hit a man near the traffic light. 

"I was stunned. I heard many loud crashes," said Mr Leow, who is waiting to enlist for national service. 

The Land Transport Authority tweeted at about 10am that there was an accident in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, after Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9.

Motorists were told to avoid the left lane on the road leading to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8.