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Breaking News // 2 boys killed in accident in Tampines, truck driver arrested

Just happened on this story when I was on STOMP and The Straits Times just now. Oh God.

Two brothers were killed after being hit by a cement truck at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines St 45. — ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

TWO brothers were killed in a gruesome traffic accident in Tampines earlier on Monday, 28 January 2013.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it had received a call at around 5:43pm, and that the boys died after being hit by a truck at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines St 45. The 13-year-old male cyclist and the 7-year-old male pillion were pronounced dead at scene by paramedics.

The younger boy was found in the uniform of Tampines North Primary School.

Police said that the 56-year-old Singaporean male driver of the truck was arrested at the scene.

Credits: The Straits Times HERE

The two brothers, 13 and seven, who were on a bicycle, were killed after being hit by a cement truck outside Dunman Secondary School, at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines Street 45 on Monday evening. The Singapore Civil Defence Force found them dead at the scene. According to The New Paper, the older victim is understood to be Nigel Yap who studied at Tampines North Primary school before moving to Springfield Secondary School. The younger boy is Donovan Yap from Tampines North Primary School.

Schoolmates of Nigel Yap, 13, from Springfield Secondary, describe him as a cheerful boy who loved to laugh a lot

Credits: The Straits Times HERE and STOMP HERE

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Where and how the Tampines accident happened

Photo Credits: The Straits Times

Eyewitnesses reportedly said that the truck driver — a 56-year-old Singaporean man who has since been arrested — was apparently unaware that he had hit the boys and continued driving until other drivers honked at him to stop.

Credits: Today Online

The police will do their best to find out who was at fault and bring this case to a closure for all especially for the parents. If it was the driver, may he be punished duly by law.

But on a honest note, regardless of whose fault was it, be it the driver or the cyclist, it doesn’t change the fact that two young lives were lost today on 28th January 2013.

Picture of the mother wearing a McDonalds uniform crying beside her sons. She was probably working hard for some extra cash to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Can’t imagine how she is feeling, life will never be the same for her. Taken from Occupy Singapore Facebook

And to the other cyclists on the road, please, please cycle safely. The roads nowadays are no longer safe.

This is the message that the father of the two boys, Francis Yip has for all drivers, especially lorry/truck drivers. Please keep a lookout, don’t make mistakes, don’t overlook blind spots. One mistake can cause the loss of lives.

I uploaded it on Youtube as I am unable to embed Facebook videos into WordPress.

Original Video Taken from: ChannelNewsAsia Facebook HERE

Flowers are laid at the site of an accident where two brothers were killed on Monday. The mother of the two boys involved in the gruesome accident on Monday identified their bodies Tuesday morning. — ST PHOTO: DERRICK HO

And seriously, for goodness sake, to respect the 2 boys privacy, kindly do not post up any of the GRAPHIC accident photos or post insensitive remarks about it.

For example:

Initially posted on SMRT Ltd (Feedback) before it was taken down.

Then this..foreigner? troll? (unconfirmed) wrote this:

Taken from EDMW

Like sometimes I wonder, what is WRONG with these people?
Is this even remotely FUNNY? This isn’t a cause for trolling either.

And today, 30th January 2013, I finally saw the photos of the 2 boys as revealed on My Paper and The Straits Times and my eyes teared up during work.

My heart went out to the parents who lost both their sons.

Madam Ang with her sons Nigel, 13, and Donovan Yap, seven. The two boys died after being run over by a cement mixer in Tampines on Monday. — PHOTO: FACEBOOK

My deepest condolences to the family.

Donovan Yap, 7 (Left) – Nigel Yap, 13 (Right)

Rest in peace boys.

Till later,
♥ mitsueki

Author: mitsueki

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