Singapore

Tree falls at Still Road, injuring man

Man injured after tree falls on him at Still Road-East Coast Road junction

A five-storey-tall tree fell at a bus stop at the junction of Still Road and East Coast Road on Monday evening, injuring a man.

Yesterday, Shin Min Daily News reported that the man, known only as Mr Lee, was caught beneath the tree and suffered back injuries.

He told Shin Min that he was walking towards the bus stop when the tree fell.

He added that it fell for no apparent reason - it was not raining and there was no strong wind.

The tree fell on Mr Lee's back and its branches scratched his arm.

He said: "As I was passing by, I noticed that there were cracks on the tree trunk. But I didn't think too much of it.

"I tried to run away but was unlucky and got pressed under the tree."

After he fell, a passer-by came forward and took him to hospital for treatment.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said it was alerted to the incident at about 5.35pm and sent an ambulance there. But when it arrived, no casualty could be found at the scene.

Mr Lee said there was a maid and a child nearby. "I'm not sure if they were injured," he added.

"I hope this incident will increase the public's awareness and make more people aware of their surroundings."

The tree damaged surrounding fences and poles.

On July 20, a tree landed on motorcyclist Lee Kar Choon, 23, at Admiralty Road West, near Woodlands Waterfront Park, while he was on his way to work.

Mr Lee was seriously injured.

A week earlier, a tree landed on a car at a carpark near Block 117, Serangoon North Avenue 1. No one was hurt.

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