Taxi catches fire in KPE tunnel, no injuries reported

Taxi catches fire in KPE tunnel, no injuries reported

Taxi on fire KPE Aug 29
A TransCab taxi on fire in the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway tunnel on Tuesday (Aug 29). (Photo: Jenzen Chow)

SINGAPORE: A TransCab taxi caught fire on the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on Tuesday evening (Aug 29), filling the tunnel with smoke. 

SCDF said it was alerted to the fire in the KPE tunnel towards the Tampines Expressway (TPE) and before the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) exit at around 7pm. It dispatched one fire engine and one support vehicle.



"The fire, which involves the engine compartment of a taxi, was extinguished by members of the public using a hose reel prior to SCDF arrival," SCDF said.

The fire was put out at 7.55pm. "There are no reported injuries," SCDF added.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) tweeted at 7.20pm that there was an accident in the KPE towards TPE, and urged motorists to avoid Lane 4. 

KPE fire announcement
An electronic signboard warns motorists of a fire in the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway on Tuesday (Aug 29) evening. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader)

LTA also triggered an emergency announcement directing motorists to "drive out of the tunnel now via the nearest exit". 

"If unable, turn off your engine and walk to the nearest emergency exit," the announcement said.


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