Man arrested for drink driving after accident
Roadside railing smashed, man injured in Serangoon Road crash.
She spent the day at work yesterday feeling uneasy.
What she had witnessed earlier kept flashing in her mind - a car with a mangled front, broken pieces of a metal railing flying through the air and a man lying in a puddle of blood.
The 51-year-old woman, who wanted to be known only as Madam Zhang, was waiting for her bus on Serangoon Road, opposite Boon Keng MRT Station, early yesterday morning when a bang startled her.
As she turned towards the sound, she saw pieces of a metal railing at the side of the road flying through the air after a car had crashed into it.
Lying 1.5m from the broken railing was a man. He was foaming at the mouth and bleeding profusely.
The front of a blue Chevrolet sedan, which had crashed into the railing, was severely dented and its bumper had fallen off.
A police spokesman said the accident happened at about 6.10am on Serangoon Road and that a 55-year-old man was taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said the man had head injuries.
Madam Zhang, who alerted the police about the accident, told The New Paper yesterday evening: "There was so much blood that I couldn't tell where the man was bleeding from. It was also not bright enough to see clearly.
"A man who was jaywalking blocked my line of vision right after the bang. I saw parts of the railing flying before I spotted a man lying in the middle of the road."
Madam Zhang thinks the victim had been standing by the side of the road and was unfortunate enough to get hit.
She said that for the rest of the day, she was unable to stop thinking about the accident.
"I can't explain why, but I've been feeling uncomfortable, perhaps from the shock. I tried to not think about the accident, but my mind kept going back to what happened."
Among the onlookers who gathered at the scene was Ms Jolene Hoe, 33, a part-time waitress who rushed to the accident site from her flat at Whampoa West, a four-minute walk from Boon Keng MRT Station.
"I had been awake for 10 minutes and was playing with my mobile phone when I heard the accident," said Ms Hoe, who lives on the third storey.
FOAMING AT THE MOUTH
"The injured man was foaming at the mouth and blood was coming out from the head. He was in quite bad shape and wasn't able to move.
"I stayed with him till the ambulance arrived. I can't forget the scene. I haven't had any appetite the whole day."
She said that the driver involved in the accident had approached her, asking to use her phone.
"He said his phone had gone flat and he wanted to use mine. He was chewing some gum when he approached me, but I could smell alcohol on him," Ms Hoe said.
A police spokesman said a 27-year-old man was arrested for suspected drink driving. Investigations are ongoing.
Madam Zhang and Ms Hoe said they had witnessed accidents in the area in recent years.
"That place is like an accident zone. Many people jaywalk because the next traffic light crossing is quite far away. Even I do it sometimes," said Ms Hoe.
There was so much blood that I couldn't tell where the man was bleeding from.
- Madam Zhang, a witness