Taxi driver taken to hospital following BKE accident involving wild deer

The wild deer seen along the BKE following the accident on Sunday (17 June) morning. (PHOTO: Facebook video screengrab / Ruey Jin)

An accident involving three vehicles and a wild deer took place along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) early on Sunday (17 June) morning.

Police said they were alerted to the incident – which occurred after the Mandai Road exit in the direction of the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) – at 4.40am. A 46-year-old male taxi driver was conveyed in a conscious state via ambulance to the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, the police added.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that the animal – a sambar deer – had been spotted along the BKE, which caused a motorcyclist to brake abruptly to avoid hitting it. This led the taxi and car travelling behind the motorcyclist to do the same.

Video footage posted on social media showed the animal struggling to stand on the second lane of the BKE following the accident. 

A team from the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) also responded to the accident and, according to media reports, the injured animal was eventually subdued with the help of Wildlife Reserves Singapore staff members.

ACRES deputy chief executive Kalai Vanan told The Straits Times that the deer, which was estimated to weigh about 150kg, was unlikely to survive due to its injuries.

Investigations into the accident are ongoing, said the police. In February this year, another sambar deer was killed after it was hit by a vehicle along Mandai Road.

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