"Lucky to escape alive" says man after massive tree branch falls on car while driving on Farrer Rd

A large branch fell during a thunderstorm and landed on his car while a 30-year-old man was driving along Farrer Road on Sunday (Jun 18) at around 6.30pm.

The windscreen of the vehicle was shattered by the impact of the falling branch, reports Lianhe Wanbao via Lianhe Zaobao

The driver, scared out of his wits by the incident told reporters that he was lucky to have escaped unscathed. 

When reporters arrived on scene, they observed that the damaged car had been moved to a side of the road. 

Contract workers from the National Environment Agency (NEA) were seen sawing the branch apart and moving the pieces away. 

The lucky driver told reporters that he was on his way to Jurong Island for work during the time of the incident.

According to him, the sky was overcast, and it started raining not long after.

At that time, he was on the second leftmost lane on Farrer Road, when a branch from a tree about six storeys in height broke and fell on his car.

He said:

“I had no time to react.

“The branch struck the engines and smashed the windscreen.”

His heart pounding, he executed an emergency brake.

He added that he was fortunate that he wasn't stuck in the car seats and was uninjured:

“Had I driven just a little faster, the branch would have penetrated the windscreen and landed on me directly.

“The consequences could have been dire.”