2 dead, 3 injured after accident on Causeway; 2 drivers arrested

The causeway bordering Malaysia’s southern state of Johor Bahru (background) and Singapore. (Photo: AFP)
The causeway bordering Malaysia’s southern state of Johor Bahru (background) and Singapore. (Photo: AFP)

Two drivers were arrested after an accident on the Causeway in the early hours of Saturday morning (30 June) that caused two deaths and injured three people.

A 30-year-old trailer driver was arrested for suspected drink driving, and a 23-year-old lorry driver was arrested for causing death by rash act, said the Singapore Police Force.

Police said they were alerted at 1.04am to an accident along the Causeway involving a trailer, a lorry and three motorcycles.

A 21-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who said it dispatched three ambulances and a fire engine upon receiving a call about the accident at about 1am.

A police spokesperson said the lorry driver and two motorcyclists aged 37 and 42 were conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where the 42-year-old died from his injuries later.

The trailer driver, who was later arrested, was among the injured but did not want to be sent to hospital, said the SCDF.

Videos and images circulating on social media show a lorry hurtling across the Causeway against oncoming traffic, and damaged motorcycles in the aftermath of the accident.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that the arrested lorry driver is a Malaysian. Police investigations are ongoing.

The accident caused all lanes along the Causeway towards Malaysia to be closed for more than two hours.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on social media that departure lanes at the Causeway were closed at 2.30am, and advised travellers to use the Tuas checkpoint if they needed to cross the border urgently.

ICA later said two out of three departure lanes were reopened at 4.55am. At 8am, ICA said all lanes were reopened and that normal operations at Woodlands Checkpoint had resumed.

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