Man dies after accident involving cabs outside Gleneagles hospital

The accident is understood to have taken place when one cabby was stopping for his passenger to alight. But he stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, causing a collision.
The accident is understood to have taken place when one cabby was stopping for his passenger to alight. But he stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, causing a collision.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE ROADS ACCIDENT.COM

A 70-year-old man died after a taxi crashed into the cab he was in outside the entrance of Gleneagles Hospital on Thursday (Oct 4). 

Two other cars were also involved in the accident, which took place in the hospital's service road, the police said, adding that they were alerted to it at 11.21am.

One of the cabbies, a 62-year-old man, was stabilised by medical staff of the private hospital before he was taken in a conscious state to National University Hospital.

The Straits Times understands that he was driving an SMRT taxi.

The other cabby was driving a Trans-Cab vehicle. His passengers were said to be the 70-year-old man and his son, both of whom were from Indonesia. The older man had been heading to the hospital for a check-up for a heart condition. 

His son, aged 42, alighted from the taxi after the accident and fainted. 

The father-and-son pair received medical attention at Gleneagles Hospital, but the father subsequently died. The exact cause of death is not known.

ST understands that the accident happened when the SMRT cabby was going to stop for his passenger to alight. But instead of stepping on the brake pedal, he stepped on the accelerator, causing the cab to collide with the three other vehicles.

ST understands that all of those injured in the accident were attended to by staff from the accident and emergency department of Gleneagles Hospital.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2018, with the headline 'Man dies after accident involving cabs outside hospital'. Print Edition | Subscribe