Motorcyclist dies after collision with lorry in Tuas

A 27-year-old rider died in an accident involving his motorcycle and a lorry along Tuas West Road, towards Tuas South Avenue 2, yesterday morning.

The police were alerted to the accident at 7.42am. The male motorcyclist was pinned under the lorry and extricated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) using rescue tools.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

According to Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, the victim was a Malaysian.

A technician, who gave his name only as Mr Wu, told Shin Min he heard a loud bang when the accident happened. "The motorcyclist was trapped under the lorry together with his vehicle. He lay in a pool of blood and both his legs were deformed from the impact of the collision. It was a very terrible sight," said Mr Wu, 32.

He said the lorry driver got out to check and apparently tried to help the motorcyclist, but was unsuccessful.

The lorry had made a right turn after leaving a factory, and had collided with the oncoming motorcycle, Shin Min reported.

The 33-year-old lorry driver was arrested for causing death by a negligent act.

The SCDF sent an ambulance, a fire engine, a Red Rhino and two supporting vehicles to the scene. Police investigations are ongoing.

There have been other fatal motorcycle accidents recently. For instance, a 25-year-old Singaporean man died last month after his motorbike crashed into a road divider on Malaysia's North-South Expressway near Seremban.

He had been travelling from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur when he lost control of the motorcycle. The vehicle caught fire and was completely burned.

Felicia Choo and Yuen Sin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'Motorcyclist dies after collision with lorry in Tuas'. Print Edition | Subscribe