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PIE lorry accident: Second worker dies in hospital

PIE lorry accident: Second worker dies in hospital

Migrant worker Sugunan Shudeeshmon has died after a traffic accident involving a lorry along the Pan Island Expressway. (Photo: ItsRainingRaincoats)

SINGAPORE: A second worker who was in a traffic accident involving a lorry along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) earlier this week has died, the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) said on Friday (Apr 23).

In an update on Facebook, MWC said it is in contact with the worker’s mother, who is also working in Singapore, to “extend our assistance and deepest condolences to her and the family”. 

Non-profit organisation It's Raining Raincoats identified the man as Sugunan Shudeeshmon. It told CNA that the man was from India and that his mother, a domestic worker, visited him at the hospital on Thursday night. 

He is survived by his wife and a one-year-old child, It's Raining Raincoats added.

On Tuesday, a lorry collided with a stationary tipper truck along the PIE towards Changi Airport at the Jalan Bahar exit.

A screengrab of a video of an accident involving a lorry and a stationary tipper truck along the PIE on Apr 20, 2021. (Video: Watson Wong)

Seventeen workers were taken to the National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where a 33-year-old later died from his injuries.

The lorry driver, 36, was arrested for careless driving causing death, police said.

READ: 1 dead, 16 lorry passengers taken to hospital after PIE accident

MWC said on Friday that they had visited the other injured workers at the hospitals.

“One has been discharged from the hospital, one has been shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit and into the High Dependency Unit, and four of them are still recovering in the hospital,” it said.

“The workers shared with us that the company has spoken to them and assured them that they would be taken care of.”

The centre has also contacted the brother of the first deceased worker, Mr Toffazal Hossain, to “better understand their family situation and the assistance they require”.

Mr Toffazal was the sole breadwinner of the family and is survived by his parents, three younger sisters, a younger brother, a wife and a two-year-old son, MWC said.

“We are also in touch with Toffazal’s wife to see how else (we can) help them tide through this very difficult period, until Work Injury Compensation Act compensation is paid out,” MWC said.

Members of the public who wish to help the affected workers can contribute to the Migrant Workers' Assistance Fund, which is the charity arm of MWC, the centre said on Tuesday.

Source: CNA/ga(ac)


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