6m-tall tree falls on overhead bridge at Braddell
A 6m-tall tree fell on an overhead bridge at Braddell Road on Thursday night, destroying part of the roof of the sheltered ramp.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident which happened at about 10.45pm.
Madam Heng Kwee Ying, 52, a housewife who lives nearby, went with her son to see what had happened. He had received a photograph of the fallen tree in a WhatsApp message from a friend.
She was surprised by the extent of the damage when they got there at 11.30pm.
The roof of the ramp had collapsed and the pedestrian pathway below the bridge was blocked.
"Good thing nobody was hurt," said Madam Heng.
She said she saw two policemen at the scene and noticed that the lights were out for half of the bridge.
A service line manager known only as Mr Izzy, 40, called The New Paper hotline yesterday morning about the incident.
He was surprised to find the overhead bridge closed as it was his usual route to work.
"It was quite dangerous," said Mr Izzy, adding that he could not imagine what may have happened if students had been there.
He said the overhead bridge and the pedestrian pathway are common routes for Guangyang Secondary School students to get to school.
The New Paper understands that workers had been working since 8am yesterday to lift the fallen tree using a crane from inside the school.
A spokesman for the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said full repair works are expected to take several weeks and LTA will install temporary shelters and railings.
The recent heavy downpour is suspected to have caused the tree to fall, said the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council, which is responsible for the clean-up of the fallen tree.