Around 6:40am yesterday along Mandai Avenue, a school van transporting four students crashed into a lamp post — but fortunately for the injured casualties, a troop of combat medics from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) came across the scene of the accident.
Servicemen from the Combat Medic Specialist Course of the SAF Medical Training Institute (SMTI) had been making their way in a convoy to an outfield exercise when they saw the wreckage, along with the van driver and four crying children at the side of the road. According to SMTI officer commanding and emergency medical technician specialist ME3 Ng Jaan Woei, he halted the convoy of SAF vehicles and deployed his men to help out in the accident. He aided a boy who sustained a bad cut on his forehead and cuts on his legs due to the shattered glass from the school van.
Emergency medical technician specialist 3SG Delwin Tay Yong Xi aided another boy who suffered from a cut on his forehead and his left elbow.
While ME3 Ng and 3SG Tay rendered aid to the students and driver involved, ME2 Muhammad Zulhilmi led a group of instructors and trainees to remove a fallen lamp post to alleviate the traffic congestion, allowing the ambulance to quickly reach the accident site.
The case was handed over to Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulance paramedics, who conveyed three casualties to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, while another two were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
“The Singapore Army would like to wish the children a speedy recovery and commend our servicemen for being ready to step forward.”