SINGAPORE - A motorcyclist had his hand severed, and also sustained spinal injuries, in an accident with a CityCab taxi on Saturday evening (June 30).
The taxi's front tyre was punctured and the vehicle mounted the central road divider, before hitting the motorcyclist and his pillion rider, who were travelling in the other direction.
The police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted to the accident in Republic Boulevard at 7.40pm on Saturday.
Three people were taken to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), SCDF said. Two of them were serious cases and the hospital was alerted to be on standby to receive them.
The two are the 41-year-old male motorcyclist and his pillion rider, a 31-year-old man. Both are believed to be Malaysians.
The motorcyclist's hand was severed, and he is believed to have suffered spinal injuries as well, while the other man suffered major trauma injuries to his neck.
The 59-year-old taxi driver was also taken to hospital for abrasions. Police investigations are ongoing.
The Straits Times understands that the accident occurred after the CityCab's front right tyre was punctured and the driver lost control of his vehicle.
Graphic photos of the gruesome accident were shared widely on several Facebook groups over the weekend. They show the motorcyclist lying on the road with a pool of blood around his right arm.
Another photo shows a yellow CityCab taxi with dents on its right side and a flat right front tyre.
In one of the Facebook groups, Facebook user De Thiagan shared a photo of the motorcyclist in SGH and said that doctors were able to reattach his severed hand.
He added that he was looking for witnesses to come forward to help in police investigations.
CityCab is owned by ComfortDelGro, which is Singapore's largest taxi operator.
In response to queries, ComfortDelGro group corporate communications officer Tammy Tan said on Monday that the company's loss adjusters and customer service team are in touch with the motorcyclist's employer.
They will also visit the motorcyclist and the pillion rider in hospital to render assistance, she said.
The CityCab driver was given outpatient treatment and his passenger was not injured.
"We are sorry that this has happened. Our priority is the well-being of the motorcyclist and his pillion rider, and we will assist them the best we can," Ms Tan said, adding that the company is also assisting the police in their investigations.