2 teens receive electric shock from Toa Payoh lamp post

Investigations are ongoing.

Lean Jinghui | June 14, 2021, 11:18 PM

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Two teenagers have gotten an electric shock due to a leakage from a lamp post in Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, Shin Min Daily News (SMDN) reported.

According to the Chinese daily, the duo had been playing football next to a playground near the fitness corner.

In response to Mothership's queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that on June 13 at about 8:25pm, it had received a call for assistance at Block 63 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh.

Both 13 years of age

A resident told SMDN that the two teenagers were both approximately 13 years old.

One of them allegedly just lived on the first floor of the housing estate.

The resident had apparently heard that the boys were retrieving the ball when disaster struck.

The reason for what is believed to be an electrical leakage is unclear, but the same resident noted that the grass had also been wet.

According to photos provided by another resident, one barefoot teen was later seen seated alone on a bench, while three paramedics cared for the other teen, who was shirtless.

SCDF said that two persons were conveyed to KK Women's and Children's Hospital for medical attention.

Mothership understands that the two teenagers are currently in a stable condition.

Investigations ongoing: Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council

According to The Straits Times (ST), the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council said that it had been informed by the Essential Maintenance Services Unit (EMSU) about the incident.

It added that investigations were ongoing pertaining to the cause of the electric shock.

No prior incidents had been reported in the estate.

The town council clarified that the lamp post in Lorong 5 had been checked by a licensed electrical worker earlier this year, with the next inspection due in July.

It told ST that six-monthly inspections, as well as monthly visual inspections, are carried out to ensure that the electrical installations are safe.

The town council added that it would follow up with "defect rectification" where required.

Top image via Shin Min Daily News