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3: Motorists pull man from flipped taxi

SMASHED:The accident happened while it was raining heavily. TNP PHOTO: YVONNE PRIVITHA

Passing motorists pulled a man out of a taxi after a dramatic crash along Ulu Pandan Road.

The man, in his 60s, was believed to be the taxi driver. He was trapped in the taxi when it flipped, slid across the wet road and landed on the driver's side.

Paramedics arrived minutes later and assessed the man's injuries before rushing him to the National University Hospital (NUH).

He was discharged the same afternoon.

The New Paper reader, Mr P. Vengadahsalam, was driving along Ulu Pandan Road towards Holland Road yesterday at 9.05am when two fire engines and an ambulance sped past him.

Mr Vengadahsalam said: "It seems like the taxi first hit the right-side road divider, then flipped over and spun to the left side of the road.

"It was raining very heavily in the area at the time."

SHATTERED

The taxi's windscreen was shattered and its roof heavily dented.

Mr Vengadahsalam said passing motorists stopped and pulled the man out of the cab.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at 8.53am and sent two fire engines, one ambulance and two support vehicles to the scene.

- YVONNE PRIVITHA


BY THE NUMBERS

Number of fatalities involving heavy vehicles, according to the police

Last year 44

2012 32