By Eunice Toh
SINGAPORE - They were rushing for a 10.30am meeting and it was drizzling.
Mr Ronnie Poon, 62, and his two colleagues from Singapore Press Holdings, were stuck in the centre lane of the three-lane Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), before the West Coast Way exit.
He watched as the motorcycle in front of their car sped away.
Then, something strange happened.
It veered to the right lane, going dangerously close to the railings, before skidding. The motorcyclist and his female pillion rider were flung off their bike.
They landed violently and remained motionless on the road.
The riderless motorcycle swerved to the left before falling on its side in the middle of the expressway.
'Happened so fast'
Said Mr Poon, who works in production: "It all happened so fast. One moment, they were on the motorcycle and the next, they were on the road."
Mr Poon's colleague immediately stopped the car to direct oncoming traffic away from the victims.
Two other cars also stopped, and two men and a woman got out to help.
Said Mr Poon: "They (the victims) were motionless. Everyone was looking for their mobile phones."
While they waited for the ambulance, Mr Poon, along with the two men, went to check on the victims. The pillion rider, who landed face down, still had her helmet on.
The man landed on his back and his helmet lay by the side of the road. A wound on his neck was filled with dried blood.
Said Mr Poon: "He must have been cut by something. It looked very deep."
Even though the victims appeared unconscious, the two men who stopped to help tried to console them, said Mr Poon.
He said: "They kept saying, 'Hold on, the ambulance is coming'.
"I thought it was very nice of them to stop and help."
Mr Poon and his colleagues left after 10 minutes, while the others stayed behind.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said they received a call at 10.15am and an ambulance was sent to the scene.
Both victims are in their early 20s.
The woman had no visible injuries, while the man was unconscious and suffered a head injury. Both were sent to the National University Hospital.
This article was first published in The New Paper.