'I felt my foot hanging from my leg'
SHE was seated at the back of a van that was parked by the side of the road when she saw a taxi swerving in her direction. To her horror, it hit a car parked 2m away, which pushed the vehicle forward.
The next thing she knew, she was lying on the road with her right foot dangling from her leg.
Madam Jamaliah Yacob, 61, told The New Paper: "I screamed my lungs out for help. I have never been in that much pain in my entire life. I couldn't even look at my foot. I just felt it hanging from my leg."
Surgeons who operated on her reattached the foot to her leg.
The accident happened on Monday at about 4am in front of Geylang Serai Market, along Changi Road.
Madam Jamaliah had gone there with her uncle, Mr Ahmad, 78, who drove the van.
The cook, who works in a canteen at St Joseph's Institution International, goes there daily to get raw ingredients before her work starts at 6am.
After Mr Ahmad parked the van by the side of the road, Madam Jamaliah opened the back door of the vehicle.
"It was so early in the morning and I was tired so I sat at the back of the van with my legs dangling out," said the mother of five.
That was when she saw a taxi speeding from a distance. The car that it hit was parked just metres from the van.
"That was the last thing I saw. After that, everything was a blur," said Madam Jamaliah.
She added that the car's licence plate sliced her right foot. The piercing pain caused her to collapse between the two vehicles.
She said her left foot was also severely injured.
She added that the driver of the car was nowhere near the scene.
Some shopkeepers gathered around her although no one was sure of what to do.
Madam Jamaliah was also concerned about her uncle, who had been sitting in the passenger seat with the door open at the time.
"I saw that he was flung out from the van. He's old so I was very worried about his condition," she said.
The police were alerted to the accident at about 4.05am and established that an accident involving a van, a car and a taxi had occurred.
No arrest has been made.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it sent one ambulance to the scene and a woman in her 60s was taken conscious to Changi General Hospital.
Her uncle suffered minor bruises and sought medical treatment at a polyclinic.
THE NEW PAPER