Several STOMPers spotted this taxi on fire in a Central Expressway (CTE) tunnel at around 10.30am today. According to the STOMPers, a massive jam had resulted and the CTE tunnel was closed temporarily to traffic.
SCDF has released a statement:
"SCDF received a call at 10.08am from a member of public reporting a vehicle on fire at CTE towards City – before Cairnhill Exit. SCDF dispatched the following resources, one fire engine, one Red Rhino and one fire bike .
"Upon arrival, a taxi on the shoulder of the CTE tunnel (about 50 metres inside the tunnel) was on fire. SCDF extinguished the fire using 3 hose-reel water jets. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes.
"The driver self-evacuated prior to SCDF arrival. There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation."
Said STOMPer Shooting star:
"I saw this taxi on fire when I was driving in the CTE tunnel towards AYE at around 10.30am.
"Police was seen at the scene.
"This incident has caused a jam in the tunnel."
STOMPer Kappojackie who sent in a video of the incident said:
"A Comfort Delgro cab was on fire in the CTE tunnel towards the city.
"The cabby was 50 meters away from the burning cab. He was on the phone while staring at his cab.
"The fire has caused a jam till Balestier and now the whole CTE tunnel is closed to traffic."
STOMPer Jan wrote:
"A taxi has burst into flames in CTE tunnel."
STOMPer Geok Hwee added:
"At around 10:17am, a taxi was in flames in the CTE tunnel from Tan Tock Seng Hospital to Outram.
"There was no attempt from the traffic police to stop more vehicles from moving into the tunnel.
"The tunnel was quickly filled with black flames before Cairnhill exit, causing vehicles to slow down as visibility was very bad.
"I could hardly see the hazard lights turned on by the moving vehicles ahead.
"People in the cars were catching their breath and hoping that the vehicles ahead would still continue to move as they knew that it would be disastrous if they were to be in the tunnel for another three to five minutes."
STOMPer Mike has also sent in a photo of the incident.