By Lee Di Wei
A woman was trapped for 20 minutes inside her mangled Jaguar after a collision with another car at Serangoon North early yesterday morning.
When Singapore Civil Defence Force officers arrived at the scene, they had to use hydraulic tools to rescue the woman, who was conscious and taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
The male driver of the other car was arrested. The New Paper understands that he is suspected of drink driving.
The collision happened at the junction of Serangoon North Avenue 5 and Yio Chu Kang Road just past midnight, and the woman's white Jaguar was sent spinning into a traffic light.
Stomper zerr sent in her father's account of the accident to Stomp's Singapore Seen webpage.
According to her father's account, the other car was speeding along Yio Chu Kang Road and beat a red light before colliding with the Jaguar, which was about to turn right from the adjacent road.
zerr wrote: "The car was badly wrecked and a female driver was stuck inside. The male driver and his passenger (of the other car) attempted to flee the scene but were stopped by onlookers."
Too shaken to move
A witness told Lianhe Wanbao that the woman driver was conscious but was too shaken and shocked to move.
Another witness, who wanted to known only as Mrs Peh, told the paper that she was passing by when she saw the accident.
She immediately went over to the wrecked Jaguar to try to comfort the driver, who is in her 30s.
"I asked her if she was all right, but I couldn't make out her replies," Mrs Peh said.
"There was a wound on her forehead. She was conscious all the while. Even as she was carried into the ambulance, she spoke weakly to the ambulance personnel."
Other witnesses said the woman was trapped in the driver's seat for 20 minutes before being rescued.
An SCDF spokesman said SCDF received a call at 12.10am about the accident and dispatched a fire engine, a Red Rhino, an ambulance and two supporting appliances to the scene.
Mrs Peh said the other driver, who looked to be in his 40s, was unsteady on his feet after he got out of his car.
Other witnesses told Wanbao that they smelled alcohol on the driver when he walked past them.
A police spokesman told The New Paper the car driver was arrested and investigations are ongoing.
The woman's brother, who rushed to the scene, told Lianhe Wanbao that she owns a cleaning company.
He said she was awake in hospital, but was being kept there for observation after she complained of pain in her abdomen.
This article was first published in The New Paper.