Duo rescued lady from automobile earlier than it burst into flames

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When Mr Johnson Chia Yong Lee, 28, noticed a automobile skid and crash right into a wall on the Seletar Expressway, he didn’t take into consideration the hazard in getting out of his automobile to assist.

His focus was on getting the unconscious 33-year-old lady driver to security shortly, as her automobile was already spewing smoke, minutes away from catching fireplace.

Mr Chia tried desperately to flag down motorists. Thankfully, sub-contractor Azlee Abdul Shukor, 48, who was driving by in a van, stopped to assist. He drove the lady to security, away from her automobile.

The two males, who’re nominees for The Straits Times’ Singaporean of the Year award this yr, should not positive they deserve the eye for merely doing the appropriate factor.

Mr Azlee mentioned: “You don’t think about safety or what comes next. You just need to do what you think is right”.

Both males additionally acquired the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Community Lifesaver Award for his or her act of bravery and selflessness.

The accident occurred on Nov 2, at about 4.45pm.

Mr Chia, who works in occasion manufacturing, mentioned he managed to unlock the automobile door by means of a shattered window. The lady, who requested to stay nameless, suffered contusions and bruises after the airbag was activated.

After Mr Chia helped the lady out of her automobile, he slowly walked her to his automobile earlier than making an attempt to get somebody to cease and assist. But nobody did till Mr Azlee got here alongside.

Mr Chia might have taken her in his automobile to hunt medical assist however he wished to alert the SCDF in addition to assist redirect the oncoming site visitors.

Looking again, Mr Azlee mentioned it might have been harmful for others to cease to render assist as a result of automobiles within the underpass have been travelling at excessive pace.

He mentioned: “When I got closer to where the accident was, I just thought that I had to stop and see what I could do. I did not think anyone else will stop.”

After the lady obtained into his van, he drove off, as did Mr Chia. It was then that Mr Azlee heard a loud explosion, because the automobile burst into flames and black smoke crammed the tunnel.

The two males pulled over on the street shoulder as quickly as they obtained out of the tunnel and Mr Chia known as the SCDF.

Firefighters put out the flames, whereas the lady was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in an ambulance.

Both males mentioned they hoped their actions will encourage different Singaporeans to be selfless after they encounter individuals in want.

Mr Chia, who’s married, mentioned: “If any accident were to happen, I hope people will step forward and help.”

Mr Azlee, who’s married with two daughters, added: “What if that girl is your sister or your wife? If no one were there to help, maybe something bad would have happened. We must come together to help one another as human beings.”

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