SINGAPORE: "It came as a nasty shock when I saw my father in a video clip of a road accident which went viral on Facebook."
This was Malaysian Chin Jia Yi's reaction when she saw her father lying injured after a horrific collision involving nine motorcycles ridden by her father and eight other Malaysians, and a van at the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), in the republic on Thursday evening.
She wondered what her father, Chin Boh Fatt, 54, was doing at the scene of the crash.
"I immediately contacted my mother who, coincidentally, had just received a call from my father.
"I felt a little relieved upon hearing that Father had only sustained an injury on his left thigh," Jia Yi, 21, told Bernama when met at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KPTH), accompanied by her mother and boyfriend.
She said her father, who has been working in the construction sector in the republic for the past three decades, might be discharged from the hospital ward today.
In the accident, two of the motorcyclists were killed on the spot. The deceased were aged 34 and 50.
The other six motorcyclists, who sustained head and bodily injuries, were sent to KPTH, while the ninth motorcyclist escaped injury.
Local media reported that a group comprising nine Malaysian motorcyclists was sheltering from the rain when the accident occurred.
Recalling the incident, Jia Yi, who lives in Skudai, Johor, said her father and several other motorcyclists had stopped their machines to put on their raincoat when it began to rain.
"Father suddenly heard the sound of a crash before he was knocked unconscious, along with the others.
"He told Mother that he was fortunate to be at the very end when the accident occurred," she added.
Boh Fatt was returning home from work early on the day of the incident.
Yesterday, the Singapore Police Force said in a statement that the 25-year-old van driver was detained to facilitate investigations.
The man's driving licence was suspended with immediate effect, said the police. -- Bernama