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Tree falls in Sembawang Park where SMRT staff were having Christmas party, 14 taken to hospital

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SINGAPORE — A tree fell on a pavillion at Sembawang Park amid heavy rain on Thursday (Dec 20), causing the roof to crash on a private Christmas party involving 17 SMRT employees.

And while nobody was trapped under it, 14 people who suffered injuries had to be taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

The incident took place at about 5.30pm along Beaulieu Road, which is near a seafood restaurant in the park that borders the sea.

The National Parks Board said two trees were uprooted during the incident — one was an 18m tall Tabebuia rosea, the other a 21m tall Erythrophleum suaveolens.

It was the latter than fell on the pavillion.

When TODAY visited the scene, workers were observed cutting up the trees and trying to clear the area amid a drizzle.

At the pavillion, there were unwrapped presents that appeared damaged, a partially-smashed cake and an unwrapped bundle of ham.

Clumps of tissues, which had been stained with blood, were also strewn in the area.

The three remaining SMRT staff who were not sent to hospital were still seated at the park, emotional from what had happened to 14 of their colleagues.  

One of them, a woman, was headed to the hospital at about 9.30pm.

A man in his 40s who only wanted to be known as Mr Lee said his wife fainted and suffered a head injury from the incident.

His wife’s head now has a bump “as big as a fist”, he said, adding that some of his wife’s other colleagues had to get stitches, while another had a dislocated arm. 

Angry with NParks over the accident, Mr Lee told TODAY: “I don’t understand how the tree can fall. Based on the photo I see the roots are not deep enough!

"I need an answer for that. My wife is injured now. I don’t feel good.

“Something is wrong with their maintenance. The tree is so old and so big, but they had to wait till the wind and rain hit before doing anything about it.

"This is a park, where children and family are supposed to feel safe in!”

An NParks officer was later seen speaking to him. 

A woman who was part of the party earlier told this reporter she is not ready to speak to the media. Her colleagues were seen asking her if she would consider being admitted to the hospital as she was still recollecting herself although the incident had happened hours ago.

An SMRT van was seen at the Sembawang Park.

NParks said that at the time of the incident, there were intense thunderstorms with gusty winds in the northern part of the island.

 

 

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/tree-falls-sembawang-park-14-sent-hospital

 

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Angry with NParks over the accident, Mr Lee told TODAY: “I don’t understand how the tree can fall. Based on the photo I see the roots are not deep enough!

"I need an answer for that. My wife is injured now. I don’t feel good.

“Something is wrong with their maintenance. The tree is so old and so big, but they had to wait till the wind and rain hit before doing anything about it.

Is it just me, or is the irony lost on everyone?

SMRT folks making such an interesting comment indeed

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6 hours ago, BBClone said:

Is it just me, or is the irony lost on everyone?

SMRT folks making such an interesting comment indeed

I think it tree breakdown, water lealf fault, branch fault or root signal fault

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Can celebrate just because a bit less breakdown. Forgot the old durian feast fiasco leow?

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