Lorry driver pinned in seat after accident in Jurong freed after an hour

Rescuers from SCDF's elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team were deployed "due to the intricacy of the rescue operation".
Rescuers from SCDF's elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team were deployed "due to the intricacy of the rescue operation".PHOTOS: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A lorry driver was pinned to his seat after an accident with a van near the junction of Toh Guan Road and Toh Guan Road East in Jurong East on Friday (May 21).

The lorry's cabin was crushed and the driver's legs were trapped near the vehicle's accelerator and brake pedals, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post.

SCDF said it received a call for help at 10.15am and emergency responders from Jurong and Clementi fire stations were dispatched to the scene.

Rescuers from SCDF's elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Dart) were also deployed "due to the intricacy of the rescue operation".

"Within the confined space in the lorry, Dart rescuers manoeuvred delicately, using a slew of hydraulic rescue equipment to cut through the crushed cabin to access the trapped driver," said the SCDF.

It said a paramedic actively monitored the driver's vital signs throughout the rescue operation.

The entire rescue operation took almost an hour.

The 25-year-old van driver was able to leave his vehicle and was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

The lorry driver, 26, was conscious throughout the rescue operation and was taken to National University Hospital.