Car bursts into flames on PIE

Car bursts into flames on PIE

PIE car on fire Jan 10
Screenshots from a video circulating online of the car on fire at PIE on Jan 10. (Screengrab: Facebook/Mohd Irwan Rashid)

SINGAPORE: A car burst into flames on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) on Wednesday night (Jan 10) following an accident involving two other cars. 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to a vehicle fire along PIE towards Tuas after the Clementi Ave 6 exit at 8.55pm, and the fire was extinguished using a water jet.  

There were no reported injuries, said SCDF, adding that the cause of fire is under investigation. 

The police said they are investigating the incident.

Channel NewsAsia understands that the driver of the first car lost control after braking, which resulted in the car spinning 180 degrees. 

The driver in the second car applied brakes after spotting the first car in the wrong direction, but the third car could not stop in time and hit the second car from the back. 

That resulted in the second car surging forward, colliding head on with the first car. 

All three drivers and their passengers got out from the car before the third car burst into flames. It is understood that the fire started from the front engine. 

A video uploaded by Facebook user Mohd Irwan Rashid showed one car on the right lane complete engulfed by fire. 

Mohd Irwan Rashid told Channel NewsAsia that traffic was slow-moving along the stretch of the road where the accident occurred, but that there was no congestion along the PIE.

One of the cars that was seemingly involved in the accident - and situated between the burning car and another white car - was seen to have moderately extensive damage to its back, according to photos posted by Facebook user Benjamin Edmund Yang.

The Land Transport Authority first tweeted of the accident at 9.07pm and told people to avoid lane one on the PIE towards Tuas after the Clementi Ave 6 exit. 

Five minutes later, it sent out another tweet, this time informing motorists to avoid both lane one and two. 

Source: CNA/ng