SINGAPORE: A 13-year-old girl was hurt after a tree fell along Punggol Road opposite North Vista Secondary School on Tuesday (Feb 16), and crashed into a car.
A member of the public, Mr Xu, called the Mediacorp hotline to report the incident at about 7.25pm. One of the two lanes of the road was blocked by the fallen tree, he said.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force told Channel 8 News that the girl suffered abrasions to the back of her head and right arm. She was conveyed to KK Women's and Children's Hospital in stable condition.
The mother of the girl, Ms Patricia Tan recounted the incident: "I was driving the car and suddenly saw the tree was falling from in front so I quickly sped up the car ... It would have fallen right on us."
(Photos: Patricia Tan)
When she heard a loud sound from the tree landing on the car, she quickly stopped the car and alighted to check on her daughter, who was sitting in the back seat.
"She was totally in shock, screaming and crying ... bits of the shattered windscreen were all over her body," Ms Tan said.
Passersby helped to calm her daughter, who suffered "scratches with a little bit of bleeding", as she waited for the police and ambulance to arrive, she added.
Ms Tan said she was shocked that the "huge" tree fell as it was "very dry and did not seem to have any bacterial infection". She added that she has contacted NParks, and authorities told her they would investigate and get back to her by Wednesday.
"It was such a close shave," she said.