Two Malaysian motorcyclists died in Singapore and another six were injured on Saturday afternoon due to a fatal accident along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) involving nine motorcycles and a van.
The police arrested the 25-year-old van driver for rash act causing death. His driving licence has been suspended with immediate effect. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted about the accident that took place at the stretch after the Seletar Expressway (SLE) exit, towards Woodlands at about 3.50 pm.
A video circulating on WhatsApp showed several motorcyclists lying motionless on the road, with at least two of them bleeding. As per the video footage, a few of the motorcyclists had fallen on their side with items like bags and footwear were strewn on the road. Another person was seen to be landing on the grass patch over the road railing. One of the motorcycles involved in the accident showed a Johor licence plate number in the video.
According to the police, the two motorcyclists, aged 34 and 50, were pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics. The injured people were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) tweeted, at about 5.15 pm, that the accident caused a heavy congestion stretching to the Mandai Road entrance. It advised the motorists to avoid the extreme left lane.
The police said the investigations are going on. They also requested the members of the public to restrain themselves from circulating the photos or videos of the victims, out of respect for their families.