Lorry driver arrested following fatal Yio Chu Kang accident that left 3 dead

The accident, which took place near the Yio Chu Kang bus interchange, involved a bus and lorry. (PHOTO: Telegram / SG No 1 All in One Sharing)

UPDATE: Police issued an updated statement on the specific offence that the suspect is being investigated

Police have arrested the lorry driver involved in a fatal accident near Yio Chu Kang MRT station on Monday (23 April) morning that left three pedestrians dead.

The police said that they were alerted at 9.36am to a traffic accident along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 involving a lorry, an SBS Transit bus and three pedestrians.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) paramedics.

“The 25-year-old male lorry driver was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in a conscious state,” said the police, adding that he was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that he is a Singaporean. Police investigations into the case are ongoing.

Separately, the SCDF said it responded to the accident at about 9.30am.

Two pedestrians were extricated from underneath the lorry using a rescue lifting airbag. The driver of the lorry was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in a “serious condition”, added the SCDF.

Tammy Tan, senior vice-president, corporate communications, SBS Transit said that the SBS bus was stationary at a traffic junction when the lorry “came hurtling” and hit the three pedestrians, before crashing into the bus.

“None of our passengers were injured. Our hearts go out to the family of the pedestrians,” added Tan.

According to eye-witness and Twitter user KingKayden, the lorry “had suddenly drove up the pavement, brushing past (him)… and banged a railing before hitting a young man” at a bus stop near the station.

It also knocked down a traffic light before “hitting an old man”, the eye-witness added.

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