Worker killed riding in open lorry on PIE after colliding with tipper truck

Screengrab from videos of an incident this morning on the Pan Island Expressway. Photos: TWC2/Instagram, SG Road Vigilante/YouTube
Screengrab from videos of an incident this morning on the Pan Island Expressway. Photos: TWC2/Instagram, SG Road Vigilante/YouTube

A 33-year-old migrant worker died in a traffic collision this morning while 16 others traveling with him in the back of an open lorry were injured.

The crash occurred at about 6am along the Pan Island Expressway toward the Jalan Bahar exit when the lorry carrying the workers collided with a stationary tipper truck. All injured passengers were taken to a hospital where one later died of his injuries.

People were lying in the road as more than 10 emergency responders, police, and medical officials attended to them in scenes captured of the aftermath. At least two ambulances and a fire engine were at the scene. The deceased has yet to be identified.

The 36-year-old lorry driver was arrested for careless driving. They all work for construction company Bright Asia Construction which declined to comment when contacted due to the ongoing investigation.

NGOs like Transient Workers Count Too have previously warned employers of transporting workers in open lorries after a 2010 accident killed three Chinese workers.

“TWC2 has argued strongly against transporting workers on the backs of lorries and trucks and in favour of transport in enclosed vehicles. If the 17 workers had been travelling in a coach or a minibus (preferably with seatbelts), would the outcome have been this serious? We think that is not likely,” it wrote in 2010.

 

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