'Lucky no one was badly injured'
3-lorry collision at Pioneer Road
He woke up to a loud crash and felt a sharp pain in the fingers on his right hand.
The lorry that he was in had hit the back of another lorry, which in turn slammed into the back of another lorry.
The three-lorry collision dislodged the entire rear end of the first lorry, which Mr Husain was in, and sent it crashing onto the road, scattering his colleagues, all 18 of them, on the road.
Fortunately, no one was trapped in any of the vehicles and no one suffered any major injuries except the driver of the third lorry, who is believed to have fractured his forearm.
The accident happened yesterday at 6am at Pioneer Road, towards Jalan Buroh.
Mr Husain, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi worker with Hong Lian Marine Services, said he was napping in the front passenger seat when the accident happened. They were on their way to Jurong East for work.
The accident, which happened in front of a petrol station, also left the front of the second lorry smashed in and the back of the third lorry badly dented.
Mr Husain, who had put his hand on the dashboard to stop himself from being flung out by the impact, was taken to hospital in one of the four ambulances sent to the scene.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said six men were taken to the National University Hospital and seven to Alexandra Hospital. All were conscious.
Although Mr Husain needed only outpatient treatment, the shock of the collision remained in his mind, as he recalled seeing the driver of the third lorry covered in blood at the Accident & Emergency Department at Alexandra Hospital.
"The driver was from another company and his shirt was drenched in blood," he told The New Paper yesterday.
He later learnt that the man had suffered a fracture in his forearm.
Mr Husain's colleague, who wanted to be known only as Mr Nazim, 34, said his jaw was sore because he had knocked into one of the railings at the back of the lorry.
He added that everyone had been napping while on their way to the first job of the day. He did not know how the collision happened.
His friends, who were seeking treatment, complained of pain in their legs, waist, back and wrists.
"We are lucky that no one was badly injured," said Mr Nazim.