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Car crash at HDB carpark: Driver trapped in rental vehicle that caught fire dies

As nearby residents rushed to extinguish the beginnings of a fire, a loud explosion was heard, and the car burst into flames.

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Singapore – A man in his mid-30s died after being trapped inside a rental vehicle following a car crash in a Housing and Development Board (HDB) carpark near Guillemard Road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the incident on Friday (Jan 7), after a Mazda 3 had crashed into a parked car at Block 42 Cassia Crescent, next to the Geylang Police Post.

Residents of the block noticed the smoke at around 3 pm. The collision had crushed the Mazda’s bonnet while the cabin was filled with smoke.

As nearby residents rushed to extinguish the beginnings of a fire, a loud explosion was heard, and the car burst into flames.

Reports noted that a police officer tried pulling the driver out of the car to no avail.

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The fire lasted 15 to 20 minutes before SCDF firefighters arrived at the scene. The fire was extinguished at about 3:40 pm.

An SCDF paramedic pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

Facebook user Tan Khim Huan shared footage of the car ablaze while police officers tried hosing down the fire.

Photo: FB screengrab/Tan Khim Huan

Videos of the incident taken from nearby HDB units were also shared on Instagram page @sgfollowsall on Friday.

One of the videos showed SCDF firefighters addressing the vehicle engulfed in flames.

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Photo: IG screengrab/sgfollowsall

In another video, the billowing smoke from the car could be seen from the nearby block.

Photo: IG screengrab/sgfollowsall

The vehicle was reportedly leased from @i_rent_you2 on the e-commerce platform Carousell.

“I rushed to the site when the police called that my car was involved in the incident,” said Mr Ong, the company’s operations manager.

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He noted that the man who rented the car was in his mid-30s.

Preliminary investigations indicate no foul play. Police investigations are ongoing./TISG

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