I live in a block overlooking the PIE at a stretch between the Paya Lebar & Eunos flyover. This stretch, in particular in the direction of the airport is notorious for accidents at night especially between 8pm and 10.30pm. "Accidents" happens very regularly to such an extent that I avoided this stretch to reach my home even though it is the quickest way. Otherwise, I drive or ride very carefully on the extreme left lane to exit at Eunos.
Tonight, at 9.45pm, another pileup involving 3 cars happened while i was reading in my living room. The multiple bangs from the collision made me jumped up from my chair and went to the window to kaypoh. In that short period three male "helpers" were already running across the expressway to take control of the situation.
They were very well organised! they immediately started diverting traffic and help moved the cars to the shoulder.
Then they moved about from cars driver to driver, appearing to help and offer services. From time to time, one of them will move away from the scene to make phone calls and then come back again.
One of accident case drivers apparently took up their offer to tow, and miraculously, a tow truck appeared. Two of the men then started to operate the tow truck and hook up the damaged car and then they drove off with one of the damaged car on tow! The 3rd man disappeared back into the dark on foot.
The other accident cars driver must be more savvy as he waited for his own tow. His tow truck came after the 25 minutes of the accident.
All this happend between 9.45pm to 10.15pm.
all this while, NO TRAFFICE MARSHAL OR POLICE APPEARED.
Once the 1st damaged car was towed away, a bike-mounted traffic marshall and a car traffic marshall appeared when the tow truck for the 2nd car came - at about 10.20pm.
How quaint. The 3 helpers were on the scene within 1 minute, the helpers' tow truck came and left in 15 minutes with a damaged car before the traffic marshalls appear - and only after the helpers were all gone.
The traffic marshalls use to take breaks at the HDB blocks beside the accident site - I know cos I live there and see them resting in the void decks often. How is it it takes them so long to respond?
Perhaps the "helpers" are very trade savvy professionals and are just staking out this stretch; perhaps the Marshalls were busy elsewhere to respond as expediently ..but...???. Many ???.
I know my post makes this "accident" sounds very fishy, but having lived here and seeing this "helpers" things happen so regularly, I think I owe it to the public to warn them to BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN USING THIS STRETCH OF ROAD AT NIGHT!
and oh - I have this on camera.