Strangers lift lorry at Bendemeer to save trapped man

Accident at Bendemeer Road junction

COLLECTIVE EFFORT: These screenshots show a crowd of people pushing a lorry to help a man who was trapped underneath.
COLLECTIVE EFFORT: These screenshots show a crowd of people pushing a lorry to help a man who was trapped underneath.
COLLECTIVE EFFORT: These screenshots show a crowd of people pushing a lorry to help a man who was trapped underneath.

Cafe manager Sharon Wong heard screams and shouts coming from outside her Bendemeer Road cafe at around 12pm yesterday.

Curious, she rushed to the front of the Careshop de Cafe and what she saw shocked her.

A man was trapped under the wheels of a lorry and a group of passers-by were trying to free him by tilting the vehicle.

Ms Wong, 40, told The New Paper: "People were trying to lift a lorry to save someone trapped underneath. He was wailing in pain."

She saw a group of men pushing the lorry from the left side where it had stopped at the junction of Bendemeer Road and Boon Keng Road.


Accident outside my office ... Man screaming and then all walk of life came and help ... Well done Singapore .. #sg50#singapore #help #accident

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A few of the men were attempting to reach under it to pull the man out.

Ms Wong's co-manager, Mr Erwin Ng, 40, said: "It all happened so fast. Suddenly, so many people came to help."

Other witnesses said that many people who were on their way to lunch quickly went to help.

Mr Ernest Chee, 38, a sales manager at engineering company Weidmuller, caught a glimpse of the scene as he was driving to lunch.

He said: "There were both local and foreign workers trying to lift the lorry.

"From what I saw, the man's legs were twisted."

A video of the incident was shared on Facebook by Mr Foo Suan Wang at around 12.30pm.

At first, 12 people can be seen pushing the lorry, which has the label "Securforce" on it, so that it tilts to the right.

Then more people are seen joining in to help, until around 30 people tip the lorry far enough for the man to be pulled out from underneath.

For a few seconds, he lies on the road without moving, while the crowd dissipates as quickly as it formed.

Then he finally moves in the last few seconds of the 1½-minute video.

Mr Foo wrote on his Facebook post: "Accident outside my office... Man screaming and then all walk (sic) of life came and help... Well done Singapore."

The video has since gone viral, with more than 200,000 views last night.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the police said they received a call for assistance at 11.50am.

An SCDF spokesman said a 35-year-old male pedestrian, who was conscious, was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with a fractured leg.

The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested.

Police are investigating.

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Excavator on lorry hits pedestrian bridge at Upper Thomson Road

Accident at Upper Thomson Road

CRASH: (Above) The arm of the excavator hit the bridge, causing a chunk of it to break off.
CRASH: The arm of the excavator hit the bridge, causing a chunk of it to break off (above).

The lorry was carrying an excavator as it approached the overhead bridge. 

As it passed underneath it, the arm of the excavator hit the side of the bridge, and scraped the bottom of it. It sent debris from the bridge falling onto the back of the truck.

“I was so shocked because it sounded like thunder,” said Mr Jeffrey Tan Siew Ming, 38, who was driving behind the lorry. 

“The arm of the excavator was clearly above the height limit for the bridge but the driver made no attempt to stop.” 

A sign on the side of the bridge indicated the height limit to be 4.5m. 

The accident happened at about 11.40am on Tuesday (July 21) along Upper Thomson Road towards Lornie Road. The overhead bridge links Thomson Plaza and Bright Hill Drive. 

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it is investigating the incident and added that its contractors have been deployed to evaluate the damage and carry out the necessary repair. 

Read the full report in our print edition on July 23. 

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Man charged with murder of wife’s alleged lover

Man married in S'pore faces death penalty after ramming, stabbing wife's alleged lover to death in US

DAMAGE: Sun Hongli’s SUV crashed into the wall of the building his victim worked in, knocking off a huge chunk.
TRAGIC: Dr Liu Xuan (above) was killed by Sun Hongli at a carpark next to the building where the dentist worked.
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A man who got married in Singapore faces the death sentence after being charged with murder in the US.

Sun Hongli, 38, who was charged in court on Tuesday, is accused of fatally stabbing a dentist, Dr Liu Xuan, 54, whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

Sun’s wife used to work with Dr Liu.

Last Saturday afternoon, Sun rammed his Mercedes sport utility vehicle into Dr Liu after the latter walked out of a building, where he had his practice, in the city of Irvine in Orange County, California. 

When Dr Liu tried to get up, Sun got out of the car and stabbed him, Orange County police said.

Dr Liu’s female companion, who was not identified, tried to intervene but was also stabbed. 

The dentist died in the attack and the woman was taken to hospital. 

If convicted, Sun could face the death penalty. The minimum sentence is life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Read the full report in our print edition on July 23. 

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Natas fair to move from bargain centre to focus on experience

Natas brushes off rivalry between it and breakaway group

COMPETITION: About 55,000 people went to Natas’ three-day fair in March.
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The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas) is planning a cultural experience with food and shows from countries all over the world for their travel fair next weekend at Singapore Expo. 

The fact that Natas and its newly minted chief executive, Mr Steven Lek, were calling a press conference just two days before a rival breakaway group’s own travel fair started at Marina Bay Sands was not lost among the assembled media who peppered Mr Lek with questions comparing the fairs.

Last year, about 25 travel agencies split from the pack and formed the Singapore Outbound Travel Agents Association. Mr took pains to distance Natas from being a “bargain centre”. 

Read the full report in our print edition on July 23. 

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Sharon Au sprains ankle on opening night of LKY Musical

LKY Musical actress Sharon Au unfazed by ankle injury she sustained on first night

STILL IN HIGH SPIRITS: An injured Sharon Au with Adrian Pang, her LKY Musical co-star Adrian Pang.

Her fear of heights is so great, she claims she does not dare to use the overhead bridge.

Indeed, Sharon Au said she would rather walk long distances to avoid them and cross the road using the pedestrian crossing instead.

So what possessed the local actress to run down three flights of stairs during the first night of The LKY Musical on Tuesday,which caused her to miss her step and sprain her ankle? A technical glitch.

Au and local actor Adrian Pang play Mrs and Mr Lee Kuan Yewin the musical, which chronicles the struggles that Mr Lee experienced in pre-independent Singapore.

Au and Pang spoke to The New Paper while having their make-up done just before their performance last night.

Au, 40, said: "The technical glitch caused a delay so we were all rushing backstage to change our clothes, which we only had three or four minutes to do.

"Let me tell you the irony: As I have a big fear of heights, Adrian has always carried me down those three flights of stairs that lead to our backstage changing rooms.

"Last night, adrenaline took over and I just ran ahead of him. He was shocked when I missed my step... and I twisted my right ankle."

Au said her biggest concern then was that she was blocking the way as everyone was rushing backstage.

Panic set in as Pang, 49, tried to take care of his stage wife.

He shouted for the backstage crew to bring her clothes to her so that she did not have to move to get them.

Au remembered that all she kept shouting was "I want to be a lawyer! Bring me my lawyer clothes!"

In the scene before she fell during the first half of the musical that is set in Cambridge, she was in winter wear. Her next scene required her to play Mrs Lee at work.



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Au said she was touched that Pang remained by her side.

Eventually, he, too, had to go off to change and both of them made it back onstage just in time.

During the interval, the cast and crew realised that Au's leg had become very swollen.

The actress resisted having her ankle bandaged at first as she felt it would be obvious to the audience that she was injured. But when her leg did not get better, she had no choice but to bandage it after putting ice on it.


Some people noticed her bandage and even thought it was a prop.

One audience member wrote on Au's Instagram account: "Yeah I realised the bandage on your right foot later on! Good job on carrying on. Hope u get better soon!"

Similarly, another person wrote: "When I first saw it, I thought you were just mimicking Madam Kwa (Mrs Lee) as she had a sprained ankle (in the scene) too."

Au said the pain only hit when the musical ended. Pang immediately drove her to hospital after their performance at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.

Thankfully, the doctor that attended to Au at the hospital said her X-ray results showed that she had no broken bones.

The doctor's advice to her?

Take the prescribed painkillers and keep the sprained leg elevated whenever she can.

That said, both Au and Pang are adamant about the adage: "The show must go on."

Said Au: "Even though I'm still limping, my ankle's a lot better today and I have bandaged it in flesh-coloured bandages so that it's less obvious."

She added: "Adrian was at my side when I fell and he has been with me since. He's my crutch, or rather, he's my pair of crutches. With this tower of strength beside me, I won't give up - I'll continue performing every night."

Au said that even though she had an understudy, she would not have taken her place halfway through the show, so Au herself would have finished the show on Tuesday.

Pang, who hurt his knee backstage during a play last year, was rather amused by the turn of events.

He said: "This kind of thing (injuries) usually happens to me, so Sharon has very kindly taken my place.

"I'm just glad it wasn't any worse for her, and she's being a true pro about it."

The LKY Musical is directed by veteran London West End director Steven Dexter and its music is written by local singer-songwriter Dick Lee.

It runs daily from Tuesday to Sunday till Aug 16.

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Three-year wait for new liver was 'an emotional roller coaster'

Relief for couple as liver cancer-stricken husband gets suitable donor after waiting for years

THROUGH THICK & THIN: Mr Jason Mah and his wife, Ms Serene Koh.
THROUGH THICK & THIN: Mr Jason Mah and his wife, Ms Serene Koh.

For more than three years, he led a life of pain while hoping that a suitable liver donor could be found.

Mr Jason Mah, 35, had cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. This left him jaundiced and with a stomach bloated with fluids which kept him in constant agony.

The former bartender and his wife, Ms Serene Koh, were given the devastating diagnosis in December 2011.

They had only been married in January that year.

Ms Koh, 28, told The New Paper: "My mind just went blank."

Doctors at the National University Hospital (NUH) told Ms Koh to prepare for the worst if a suitable donor could not be found within five years.

Last year, Ms Koh, a human resource assistant, was so desperate that she turned to the media and online sources for help.

Fortunately, there was some glimmer of hope. After TNP featured their predicament last November, over 40 people came forward as potential donors.

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But finding a suitable donor is not simple. This is because donors have to meet many criteria, and none of those who offered to help were suitable for Mr Mah. (See report above.)

Then in January this year, it seemed that their prayers had been answered - a potential donor was found.

However, it was not meant to be.

According to Ms Koh, Mr Mah was warded and prepared for surgery. At the last minute came news that the potential donor was not a match after all.

"Naturally we were very disappointed but there was nothing we could do," Ms Koh recounted.

To make matters worse, as a side effect of his illness, Mr Mah often suffered from severe personality changes. Sometimes, he seemed to be another person altogether and would even become uncontrollable.

"Sometimes I would have to hold him down even if the nurses wanted to do minor procedures like taking his blood pressure," Ms Koh said.

She also said that at times, all she could do to help manage her husband's pain was to stay by his bed and hold his hand.


On May 1, their prayers were finally answered.

Ms Koh recounted: "The doctors told us on Labour Day that a match (had been) found. Things moved very fast. (The doctors) informed us at about 8pm and he was in the operating theatre at 9pm.

"About 5am the next day, the doctors came out to tell us that the operation was successful."

Unfortunately, the couple's problems were not over yet.

The day after the surgery, Mr Mah started bleeding internally and had to go under the knife again. The day after that, he was in the operating theatre again for internal bleeding.

"It was an emotional roller coaster," said Ms Koh. "Even after the transplant procedure was over, I could not fully accept that he had finally received a successful liver transplant.

"Not even the doctor's okay was enough. I was not assured at that point that he would turn out fine."

Thankfully, Mr Mah's condition improved and he was discharged from NUH on June 5.

Although he still requires some help to walk, the man, who at one point struggled to finish his sentences, was smiling and able to crack jokes.

That said, life will never be back to what it was as Mr Mah will be always have to be on medication.

The pills - while allowing his body to accept the new liver - leave his immune system open to attack. He is also advised to stay away from crowds as there is a high risk of catching an infectious disease.

Nevertheless, the couple are thankful that the dark days are over, and they are thankful to those that came forward as potential donors and of course, to the eventual donor.

When asked if she was prepared for her husband to not make it, Ms Koh took a while before answering: "A part of me was prepared for that. I was aware of all the possibilities.

"But I just could not accept it."

For Mr Mah, being able to spend time with his wife outside of the hospital is good enough for him.

He said: "I'm not asking for the 'good life', I just want a normal life."

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