In a recent incident at the Clementi Police Division Headquarters (HQ), firefighters from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) played a pivotal role in rescuing an elderly couple involved in a car accident. The 80-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle, crashing into the police station at Lempeng Drive, according to Shin Min Daily News.
The Unfortunate Accident
The incident occurred at 5.55 pm on Saturday, January 27, outside the Clementi Police Division HQ. Eyewitnesses, such as Mr. Su, residing in a nearby block, recounted hearing emergency brakes followed by a loud impact. The prompt response from two SCDF vehicles and ambulances showcased the efficiency of the emergency services.
Given the proximity of the fire station, rescue vehicles reached the scene in less than five minutes. SCDF officers worked diligently to extricate the elderly couple trapped inside the car. The vehicle had crashed through a barbed-wire fence, creating a challenging situation for the rescuers.
Challenges in the Rescue Operation
A picture from the scene revealed the car lodged against the fence, emphasizing the complexity of the rescue. While the driver was swiftly rescued, the male passenger posed challenges, requiring approximately 15 minutes for a successful extraction. This highlights the intricacies faced by emergency responders in dealing with unique accident scenarios.
The car, making a turn from Faber Walk to Lempeng Drive, reportedly skidded, leading to the collision with the Clementi Police Division HQ’s fence. The police confirmed the accident, attributing it to the vehicle’s skidding on Lempeng Drive.
Despite the gravity of the situation, both the 80-year-old female driver and her husband were conscious during the rescue operation. The paramedics, after the successful extraction, promptly conveyed them to the hospital for medical attention.