Car flies out of carpark, crashes at lift lobby
Car crashes near childcare centre after driver mistakenly steps on accelerator
The car shot forward, flying out of the multi-storey carpark and down a flight of stairs.
In his panic, the driver continued to step on the accelerator, as the car sped through a narrow 10m walkway.
It then crashed at the lift lobby of a block, just 20m from a childcare centre and playground.
Thankfully, no one else was hurt and the driver, who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, 62, escaped with scratches on his wrist.
The self-employed contractor said he was parked across the flight of stairs at about 3pm yesterday. He said he was about to drive off when he stepped on the wrong pedal.
"I stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, and the car flew forward," he told The New Paper yesterday.
"It was a scary experience."
The car flew from the multi-storey carpark at Block 792A, Woodlands Avenue 6 to the lift lobby of Block 791, where it became wedged in a narrow walkway next to a staircase.
Mr Tan said he was stunned after the crash.
Ms Patricia Nathan, 35, a teacher who lives at Block 791, said she was on her way home at about 4pm when she saw the damaged Toyota.
"I saw the wreck at the lift lobby and was shocked," she said.
"This area has a lot of children and wheelchair-bound elderly. It was very lucky that no one was around."
A crowd gathered around the wreck. Many of whom were residents who were unable to use the lift.
The car was later towed back into the multi-storey carpark, where it was originally parked.
Mr Tan (pictured above) said the car was his own, and he was hoping it would be covered by his insurance.
"Hopefully they cover it but for now I'm going to have to get a spare from the workshop," he said.
A police spokesman said they were alerted to the accident at about 3.15pm, and no injuries were reported.
Investigations are ongoing.