SAF regular killed in Johor car crash
Army sergeant flung out after tyre bursts and car veers out of control
A Singapore Armed Forces regular was killed in a car crash on the way back from Malacca on Sunday.
Third Sergeant Tang Liang Wei, 23, died at about 2.45pm after he was flung out of the car on the Second Link Expressway in Johor, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
The eldest of three sons was a regular with the SAF Artillery Unit.
Lianhe Wanbao reported that his brother, Mr Tang Xuan Wei, 21, was behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Lancer when one of the tyres burst and the car went out of control.
3SG Tang was seated in the back with his brother's female schoolmate from Singapore Polytechnic.
They had problems with a tyre earlier.
Johor Nusajaya Police Superintendent Nor Hashim told Lianhe Wanbao that the car had made a stop in Yong Peng after one of the tyres had a puncture.
The brothers changed the tyre and continued their journey.
They were less than 24km from the Second Link when one of the tyres burst, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
It was drizzling and the car skidded on the slippery road, veering from left to right.
Tang was flung out and died on the spot. The younger Tang and his classmate did not suffer any injuries.
A passer-by in a Singapore-registered car stopped to help. The stranger, who was driving behind their car when the accident happened, even went to the Tangs' home in Boon Lay, picked up their parents and took them to Johor Baru to identify the body.
When The New Paper visited their home yesterday afternoon, it was an emotional scene at 3SG Tang's wake.
The mood was sombre as servicemen from the SAF trickled in to pay their last respects.
3SG Tang's mother and his youngest brother, Derek, 17, spoke to visitors who approached them to offer their condolences.
Still in shock from her son's tragic death, 3SG Tang's mother declined to comment.
- Additional reporting by Catherine Robert