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68-year-old motorist in Punggol crash suffers cardiac arrest & dies in hospital

The Independent logo The Independent 23/2/2021 Anna Maria Romero
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Singapore—A 68-year-old male driver died after an accident at a traffic intersection in Punggol on Saturday (Feb 20).

A collision between a bus and two cars occurred shortly before 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force both sent personnel to the spot.

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People nearby said they heard a loud noise. 

The senior citizen was reported to have suffered cardiac arrest either before or after crashing into the bus. His family is said to be waiting for test results that would determine this.

Cardiac arrest is defined as the abrupt loss of heart function “in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease.”

It may be accompanied by other symptoms or strike without warning.

Cardiac arrest can often be fatal without prompt action.

One of the passers-by happened to be a doctor. She administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for 15 minutes to help revive the older man, reported Shin Min Daily News, but he did not wake up.

The 68-year-old was unconscious when he was taken to Sengkang General Hospital, where he later died.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

A video on the Singapore roads accident.com新加坡公路意外网页 Facebook page shows the front part of a car completely destroyed behind a bus.

A video of two buses driving dangerously close to one another went viral on Feb 13 after it was shared on the SG Road Vigilante Facebook page.

It was also reported on mothership, which headlined the story: “SBS Transit bus 168 & SMRT bus 858 engage in mechanical foreplay along expressway”, perhaps in keeping with Valentine’s Day.

Madam Ho Ching, the wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and CEO of Temasek Holdings, shared the Mothership report on her Facebook page, She wrote the following caption, “Both drivers should be suspended.”

In the video, the single-deck SMRT bus (service 858) and the double-decker SBS Transit bus (168) can be seen coming terrifyingly close, which could have caused a terrible accident, as both vehicles were carrying passengers.

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