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Bad habit of tailgating is the most likely cause of unbelievable 7-car pile-up on TPE near Jalan Kayu

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On Tuesday morning, a 7-car accident took place along the Tampines Expressway (TPE), heading in the direction of the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and before the Jalan Kayu exit. The suspected culprit of the multi-car pile-up is tailgating, a terrible driving habit that Singaporeans need to nip in the bud.

The accident was almost unbelievable in its proportions – 7 cars literally piled on top of one another. A video of the pile-up was circulating online and on car WhatsApp groups on Tuesday morning, but it is no longer available.

Photos of the accident were also being shared by car groups on Facebook:

Photo: Singapore Road Accident Facebook

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Photo: Singapore Road Accident Facebook

Photo: Beh Chia Lor – Singapore Road Facebook

Photo: Amru Akim on Beh Chia Lor – Singapore Road Facebook

 

None of the drivers have been reported as injured, but the Land Transport Authority (LTA) had their hands full, as the accident caused a major delay in morning traffic. They kept citizens in the loop via Twitter, tweeting updates at regular intervals.

 

Car group members and other netizens were convinced that the big bad habit of tailgating caused the 7-car pile-up:

Tailgating while driving not only causes accidents, it has also been used as a tactic to avoid paying at carparks. People drive as close to the car in front of them as it exits a car park, hoping to evade detection and therefore parking fees. The Housing and Development Board has installed a much more efficient Tailgating Detection System (TDS) in its car parks, which uses video analytics to identify tailgating vehicles in real time.

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