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Man injured after taxi crashes into Bugis mall

SMASHED: The SMRT taxi crashed into the shop at Bugis+ on Monday night. A worker doing renovations inside was injured.


    Apr 13, 2016

    Man injured after taxi crashes into Bugis mall

    A TAXI driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a shop at Bugis+ shopping mall on Monday, injuring a construction worker.

    The incident happened at about 10.55pm at the mall's taxi stand, Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

    An SMRT taxi drove into the back of another cab before crashing into a store that was being renovated.

    There were construction workers in the shop at that time, and one man, believed to be a foreman in his 20s, suffered head injuries and was sent to hospital.

    The two taxi drivers were not hurt.

    The SMRT cab driver, who identified himself as Mr Xie, 65, told Wanbao: "I was waiting for a customer, when my cab suddenly lunged forward into the other taxi, I don't know why."

    "In that moment of emergency, I turned the vehicle left and it lurched into the shop and stopped only after breaking two planks," said Mr Xie, who seemed shaken from the incident.

    The police confirmed the incident and said investigations are under way.

    A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said an injured person was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in a conscious state.

    David Peh, marketing communications manager at Bugis+, told Wanbao that the SCDF was informed immediately when news came that a construction worker had been hurt. The latter is now in hospital under observation.

    He said: "We sealed off the affected area and re-opened it only at 2.15am, after professional engineers declared it safe."

    Mr Peh added that the mall was assisting in investigations as well as monitoring the condition of the injured worker and liaising with the affected store.

    The cabby said he had stepped on the brakes as his vehicle surged forward.

    When asked how the worker had been injured, Mr Xie shook his head in bewilderment.

    "I really didn't see it. Because the glass in the shopfront was covered up, and I ran into wooden planks, so I couldn't see anything," he said.

    "I realised that there were some workers doing renovation only when I got out of the car."