SINGAPORE — A 58-year-old cabby died after the taxi he was driving caught fire along Seletar West Link on Tuesday morning (31 March).
The police said they were alerted to the incident at 1.26am. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said firefighters put out the fire at the junction of Seletar West Link and Seletar Aerospace Drive using two water jets.
The man was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic.
In response to queries by Yahoo News Singapore, ComfortDelGro group chief corporate communications officer Tammy Tan said that the company is shocked and deeply saddened by the driver’s death.
“Our cabbie suffered burns and (was) found outside the taxi,” added Tan. “We are currently assisting his next of kin during this incredibly difficult time.”
“Very little is known about the incident at this time and the exact cause of the fire is still unknown,” she said, adding that the company will be assisting the authorities in their investigations.
The three-and-a-half-year-old taxi last underwent servicing on 19 March with no major issues detected, Tan said.
In photos of the incident posted on social media, the taxi could be seen burning at the side of the road with a man lying on the ground just outside of the vehicle.
One showed a white cloth placed on the ground beside the taxi after the fire was extinguished, while a blue tent was set up behind the vehicle. An SCDF fire engine could also be seen in the photo.
Both the police and the SCDF are investigating the incident.
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