Woman in intensive care after being hit by falling tree in car park

Woman in intensive care after being hit by falling tree in car park
Workers are seen removing a tree which fell and injured a woman at the carpark of 134D Yuan Ching Road, Feb 13, 2017. Photo: TODAY Reader Contribution
Published: 6:12 PM, February 13, 2017
Updated: 11:34 PM, February 13, 2017

SINGAPORE — A woman is in intensive care after being hit by a falling tree in a car park as she was getting out of a vehicle on Monday (Feb 13), in the second such incident in three days.

The Singaporean woman, 48, was brought to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where she was treated in the emergency department before being warded in the hospital’s intensive care unit for monitoring. 

According to paramedics on the scene, the mother of two sustained head and spinal injuries, said her brother, 46, who was behind the wheel of the lorry they were both in.

The car park serves a block of student apartments at 134D Yuan Ching Road. The siblings were there to drop off the daughter of a friend, and the woman had just stepped out of the lorry after it was parked, when the tree toppled over. 

Had she stepped out of the lorry a moment later, she would have been spared from the injury, said the brother who declined to be named, adding that the door of the lorry helped to bear the brunt of the impact.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at 2.30pm, and one ambulance was dispatched to transport the woman to the hospital. The car park is privately managed.

On Saturday, a woman was killed at the Singapore Botanic Gardens after a 40m-tall Tembusu tree fell and hit her, with four others injured in the incident. 

The tree, which had stood for more than 270 years, was last inspected in September last year and given a clean bill of health.