E-scooter driver brought to hospital after crash with truck, Latest news in Singapore



A female e-scooter driver was injured yesterday in an accident with a truck at the intersection of Sengkang East Road and Sengkang Square.

The police, who were warned at 9.47 am, said that the victim, 34, was informed when she was taken to the Khoo Teck Puat hospital.

The new magazine understands that her injuries were not serious.

Mr. Ng Nyian Onn, 36, who works at a fruit stall in the neighborhood, said he suddenly heard the loud shouts of a vehicle.

When he turned around, he saw a woman lying on the road.

A photo made by a reader of the Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao shows the woman's e-scooter wedged under the front of a white truck. One of his windscreen wipers was on the road.

One witness told Wanbao that the woman's arms and legs were bleeding and she could not move. She is supposed to cross the road or wait to cross if the accident happened.

E-scooters are only allowed on footpaths and shared paths and not on roads or paths for pedestrians only.

Employees from a nearby Shell petrol kiosk and passersby went to help the wounded, Ng said.

The male truck driver stepped out to check her and was left behind in the rear after an ambulance, who arrived within minutes and took her to the hospital, he said.

A Shell employee who refused to be named said that her colleague helped set up traffic cones to drive oncoming traffic.

According to the police, investigations are under way.

Ng, a permanent resident of Malaysia, told TNP that he had seen at least three road accidents at the junction since he started working at the fruit stall 10 months ago.

He added that he often saw cyclists and personal mobility device (PMD) users in the area.

The number of reported accidents with PMDs, bicycles and electrically assisted bicycles on public roads increased from 19 cases in 2015 to 128 last year.

SUGGESTIONS

In order to reduce the number of such accidents and to improve safety, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel made new recommendations last Friday.

This means, among other things, that users of active mobility are obliged to stop and look at road crossings and to reduce the maximum speed on footpaths from 15 km to 10 km.

The Ministry of Transport said it will study the recommendations before responding.


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