Two hurt as tree falls on lorry

The tree fell in Lorong 6 Toa Payoh yesterday morning after the National Environment Agency warned of thundery showers with gusty winds.
The tree fell in Lorong 6 Toa Payoh yesterday morning after the National Environment Agency warned of thundery showers with gusty winds.PHOTO: COURTESY OF CAROL TAN

A lorry driver and his passenger were taken to hospital after a tree fell onto their vehicle in Lorong 6 Toa Payoh yesterday morning.

The incident took place following warnings by the National Environment Agency yesterday of moderate to heavy thundery showers with gusty winds across several parts of Singapore.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received an ambulance call at around 10am.

Two people were taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, it said.

The Straits Times understands that their injuries were minor.

Photos circulating on social media show the tree lying across the two-lane road, the road divider and a part of a four-lane road.

A white lorry, which appears to be partially damaged, is seen among the debris from the fallen tree.

When The Straits Times arrived at the scene at around 11.30am, workers could be seen lifting the heavier branches of the tree with a lorry crane. The workers also swept up the smaller branches.

By noon, most of the debris had been cleared.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2018, with the headline 'Two hurt as tree falls on lorry'. Print Edition | Subscribe