Singapore: Car catches fire at Lornie Road, commuters asked to take alternate route

The fire in the car's engine compartment was finally extinguished with two water jets.

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A car caught fire in traffic along Singapore's Lornie Road, towards the direction of Upper Thompson. The incident occurred on the morning of Wednesday, October 18, causing traffic jams and long delays for commuters. However, no injury was reported.

The Singapore Defence Force reacted quickly to the alert, which was issued at 9.28 am. They sent two fire engines and a fire bike to combat the situation, reports the Straits Times. The fire in the car's engine compartment was finally extinguished with two water jets.

Investigations are going on into the cause of the accident. Eye-witnesses have reported that they were caught in the congestion for a long time as only the right lane had moving traffic.

A 24-year-old student, Muhammad Rafiee Mohamad Sarif, told the Straits Times that he saw the burnt BMW sedan and its middle-aged driver when he was driving home in his van. The driver was seen talking to the police officers.

The first update about this accident was posted by the Land Transport Authority on Twitter, in which they warned motorists of an "obstacle." Later, they informed that the congestion had taken over the Pan-Island Expressway as well and advised commuters to avoid the left lane of traffic.

A Facebook video on the Fabrications about the PAP page depicted the accident. Smoke is seen coming out of the burning vehicle, along with the SCDF personnel trying to put out the fire.

Several traffic accidents have been recorded in the month of October in Singapore, the most impactful being the death of a little girl at Bukit Batok Central on October 9. The incident occurred when a four year old girl was hit by a rash driver while she was walking with her family's domestic help.

Drivers in Singapore are widely considered to be more accident-prone than the ones in the US, UK, Japan, and Canada.