Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Car plunges into canal; two dead

2 women killed after car plunges into Singapore River

Two women were killed after a car they were in plunged into the Singapore River near Valley Point Shopping Centre this evening (Jan 24).

Eyewitnesses said they saw the car exit the mall shortly before the crash, which happened at around 9pm.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said divers from its Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team manually extricated the two women from the fully submerged car. Both women were pronounced dead at the site.

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Man whose wife, daughter died in Alexandra Canal recounts hours before accident

His wife survived an operation for a benign brain tumour five years ago.

His daughter recovered from tuberculosis four years ago. On Sunday night, in one devastating blow, both were killed.

It was, said Mr Robin Poon, 50, a "stupid accident" that should not have happened

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Past cases of cars plunging into rivers here

A temporary guardrail has been put up at the pathway near Valley Point shopping Centre, where a car plunged into the Singapore River. Photo: Ernest Chua/TODAY

Sunday’s (Jan 24) car plunge into the Alexandra Canal in River Valley was not the first time a car crash ended with a vehicle diving into the river.
Here’s a quick look at past cases:
  • June 24, 1989: During a heavy downpour, 31-year-old driver of the Toyota Corolla crashed into the river near Clarke Quay, killing five people. The driver was later found to have been drunk at the time of the accident.
  • March 27, 1991: A taxi driver blacked out behind the wheel and drove into the Singapore River at high tide near Boat Quay. He was rescued by a hawker who dived into the river after witnessing the accident.
  • Oct 17, 1993: A businessman and two women were killed when a Jaguar sports car crashed through a metal guard rail on a bridge and plunged five metres into Geylang River. Three other passengers were taken to hospital.
  • On Dec 22, 1993, a 22-year-old driver drowned in the Singapore River at high tide near the junction of Boat Quay and Tew Chew Street, after his Ford Laser plunged in at about 5am. There were no barriers by the riverside.
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Full Coverage:
Relatives struggle to make sense of accident
Alexandra Canal accident: Mother, daughter shopping moments before accident
Man whose wife, daughter died in Alexandra Canal recounts hours b4 accident
Car ended up in canal 40m from carpark exit
Alexandra canal accident: Wife was a skillful driver, says husband
Canal crash: Tragedy struck after a normal family Sunday
Alexandra canal accident: Family was close knit, says husband of victim
Car plunges into canal; two dead