Very close shave for driver in Ang Mo Kio
THE driver of this silver Toyota Wish is one lucky man.
A 1.5m-long piece of road divider smashed through his car's windscreen, which could have seriously injured or killed anyone sitting in front.
The car's bonnet was also badly damaged and the windscreen wipers were twisted.
The accident occurred on Wednesday at about 4.50am along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, just before the ramp to the Central Expressway (CTE).
The car is believed to have been travelling towards the CTE when it hit the centre divider and came to a rest on the opposite side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
About 30m away, there was a 3m-wide gap in the divider.
The piece of railing that had smashed into the car was angled towards the driver. Another 10cm deeper into the car and it could have impaled him in the chest.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call for help at 4.50am and sent an ambulance to the scene. No casualties were reported.
A police spokesman said the accident is being investigated.
Business development manager Muhamed Haris, 39, was travelling along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 towards Serangoon at around 7.50am on Wednesday when he passed the accident site.
He was on his way to work when he saw many police cars in the area.
"The area was swarming with Traffic Police officers. I was wondering what had happened," he said. "I was extremely shocked that such an accident was possible."
He said he did not see the driver of the car or any sign of passengers when he passed by.
This is not the first time the occupant of a car has had a lucky escape after an object smashed into it.
In October 2011, a family driving along the Pan-Island Expressway towards Tuas were behind a lorry crane when its boom hit an overhead bridge after the exit to Paya Lebar Road.
The boom was dislodged, and part of it smashed through the car's windscreen and landed between a woman and her six-month-old baby.
It came to a stop a mere 2cm from the boy.
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