Alex Carlers was driving home along the CTE towards Seletar a little bit past midnight on Monday (8 May) when a chair fell on his car.
At the time, he had a passenger with him – Carlers Thio, a 24-year-old DJ at LUXI Dolls club.
Describing the incident, Thio said:
“We were driving on the CTE and right before we entered the Chin Swee tunnel, a red stool fell from above.”
Thio said she has no idea where the chair came from, but it shattered the car’s windscreen and severely injured her friend:
“He screamed and swallowed little pieces of glass. I saw the chair from far. I saw it drop from above but I thought it was a red plastic bag.”
SCDF officers sent the falling-chair victim to Tan Tock Seng hospital, and police are investigating the incident.
Carlers suffered neck pain and whiplash, and glass shards were found embedded in his throat.
Thio counts it lucky that she was alone with Carlers at the time.
“Usually my baby is with me but thank God that day it was after work so my baby was not with me. Now when we drive, right before we go into a tunnel we will look out.”