Pokemon Go to blame? Honda crashes into railing in Queenstown while trying to overtake car

The white Honda sedan crashed into a railing after its driver attempted to overtake another car. PHOTO: AMOS NG

SINGAPORE - A white Honda sedan crashed into a railing near the junction of Mei Chin Road and Mei Ling Street in Queenstown on Sunday (Aug 7) night.

The Honda driver, who was alone, was not injured.

The Straits Times understands that the accident occurred when the driver lost control of his vehicle while attempting to overtake a car in front, which had stopped by the side of the road.

Mei Ling Street is a two-way street with a single lane for each direction. The lanes are marked with double yellow lines.

Eyewitnesses told The Straits Times that the car which stopped had three occupants - a male driver and two female passengers.

Office clerk Amos Ng, 31, who witnessed the accident, claimed that all three of them were playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. The car drove off immediately after the accident.

Mr Ng, who was also playing the mobile game while walking home, said he had seen the same car stopping at the nearby Queenstown Stadium just before the accident. He claimed that the car was travelling slowly and making occasional stops by the side of the road.

"I thought it was quite amusing at first that they were driving around to play the game," he said. "As a Pokemon Go player myself, I know there are PokeStops in the area and they could also be hunting for Pokemon."

PokeStops are landmarks or points of interest - like the Queenstown Stadium - where players can get virtual items such as Poke Balls, which are used to catch Pokemon.

SCDF dispatched an ambulance to the scene. PHOTO: AMOS NG

When contacted, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the accident at around 10.25pm and dispatched an ambulance, but its assistance was not required.

A police spokesman said investigations are ongoing.

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