Lorry on fire near Tuas Checkpoint, lanes closed and delays expected: ICA

Videos sent in by a reader of The Straits Times shows a charred lorry on the leftmost lane, with ash on the road.
Videos sent in by a reader of The Straits Times shows a charred lorry on the leftmost lane, with ash on the road.PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM VIDEO/SHANNON TAN

SINGAPORE - A lorry caught fire near Tuas Checkpoint on Friday evening (May 25), with traffic delays ensuing after two of three lanes for departing buses and lorries were closed.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a Facebook post at 5pm that there was heavy traffic in the departure lanes at Tuas Checkpoint due to an earlier fire incident involving a lorry in Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim Road.

"The fire has since been extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at about 3.50pm," said ICA. "Two out of three lanes for departing buses and lorries are still closed. Traffic has built up and delays are expected."

The lanes were reopened at 8.10pm, but traffic remained heavy, ICA said.

ICA advised travellers to check live traffic website OneMotoring.com.sg before embarking on journeys.

Camera footage at 5.43pm showed long lines of traffic stretching into the distance at Tuas Checkpoint.

Videos sent in by a reader of The Straits Times shows a charred lorry on the leftmost lane, with ash on the road.

SCDF said it responded to the vehicle fire at 3.25pm and put it out with two water jets.

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.