Two dead, four injured in car crash on ECP

The mangled remains of the white Volkswagen that crashed on East Coast Parkway yesterday.
The mangled remains of the white Volkswagen that crashed on East Coast Parkway yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A car crash at dawn yesterday left four people injured and two dead, including the director of a local magazine publishing group.

Mr Jamie Ho, 33, a director of Magazines Integrated, or m(int), was driving a white Volkswagen with five passengers in it when it crashed into a guardrail and a tree at the Marine Vista exit of the East Coast Parkway.

The car struck the guardrail with enough force to tear up chunks of concrete anchoring it down, and ended up crushed and mangled on a grassy divider at the expressway exit.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call about the accident at 7.34am, and sent a fire engine, a Red Rhino emergency vehicle, three ambulances and two other support vehicles to the scene.

Rescuers found Mr Ho and a 29-year-old woman trapped in the front of the car, and another passenger pinned in the back, while three other passengers had already exited the vehicle.

The SCDF pronounced the pair in front dead at the scene, and sent the other four people to Changi General Hospital.

Among the survivors were a 24-year-old woman with a hip fracture, a 26-year-old woman with multiple injuries, a 25-year-old man with chest injuries, and a 29-year-old woman with abrasions on her face and hands.

Mr Ho, a keen angler, was associate publisher of quarterly fishermen's magazine Hooked, which is published by m(int).

According to the company's website, his expertise was in interactive media, mobile broadcasts and events marketing of cyber-gaming competitions.

It is unclear how the accident occurred, but the car is believed to have skidded because it rained yesterday morning, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao.