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Large tree branch smashes taxi windscreen

Both driver and passenger were unhurt in the incident, which happened amid heavy rain this morning (July 9).

SINGAPORE: A large tree branch fell on a taxi, smashing its windscreen, as it turned into Bishan Street 22 towards Whitley Secondary School amid heavy rain and lightning at around 7am on Wednesday (July 9).

There was one male passenger in the taxi. Both driver and passenger were unhurt, but remained in the taxi until SCDF officers determined it was safe for them to exit the vehicle.

SCDF dispatched one fire engine, one red rhino and one ambulance.

The ambulance was still on the scene when a Channel NewsAsia reporter arrived at 7.40am. SCDF confirms there were no injuries and says officers had used a chainsaw to cut the tree branches obstructing the passenger and driver from exiting. 

"Luckily the structure (of the taxi) held up," the passenger, who wished to remain unnamed, told Channel NewsAsia.

NParks says the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council cleared the rest of the branches that had fallen on the road. At 3pm, town council workers were seen cutting down the affected tree with a chain saw.

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