Tree branch falls on car travelling on PIE, pregnant woman escapes unharmed

SINGAPORE - A pregnant woman escaped unhurt after a tree branch fell on the car she was travelling in on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).

Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Thursday that the accident happened the day before in the evening, at the PIE exit to Toh Guan Road.

An eyewitness called Mah said he was driving on the PIE when he saw a tree branch break. It then fell on a car which was travelling on the same expressway.

The 43-year-old taxi driver described the tree banch as being about 3m long.

He said the windscreen of the car shattered and the top of the car was also flattened.

Mr Mah said he saw a woman in her 30s getting out from the car, looking frightened and touching her swollen belly.

He said a man believed to her husband, was seen comforting her by the road shoulder.

Mr Mah believes both were unharmed from the accident.

He said the tree branch broke in half, taking up two lanes on the PIE.

He was heading in the direction towards Tuas but had to zip across the lanes to take the exit.

He said there were not many cars on the expressway at that time.

kchitra@sph.com.sg