Motorcyclist runs over Wild Boar in SLE crash
Motorcyclist thrown several metres in collision with Wild Boar on expressway
By Marian Govin, 23rd April 2016;
He was riding his motorcycle home after work when he crashed into something that sent him sprawling onto the hard tarmac of the Seletar Expressway (SLE).
When he turned around, he was surprised to see that he had run over a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus).
The 49-year-old senior manager, who wanted to be known only as Mr Krishnan, was on the SLE, heading towards the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) before Upper Thomson Road, when the accident happened at about 8.30pm on Thursday.
Mr Krishnan told Shin Min Daily News that his view of the sides of the road had been partially blocked before he ran over the Boar.
The animal was killed in the incident.
“There were cars on my left and right side and they blocked my line of sight,” Mr Krishnan, who suffered minor injuries, told the Chinese daily.
“As the cars drove past, an animal suddenly jumped out and before I could take a proper look, I was flung two to three metres off my bike.
"I only knew it was a Wild Boar after I turned around.”
Traffic police helped to move the carcass onto the road shoulder and contacted the National Environment Agency (NEA) to clear it.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told The New Paper it received a call about the incident at 8.30pm.
It said Mr Krishnan was sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he was treated for abrasions and pain in his right shoulder.
The area where the accident happened is known to have a growing population ofWild Boars.
About 80 Wild Boars were culled by the National Parks Board in the Lower Peirce area between 2012 and 2014 to improve public safety and to reduce the animals’ damage to the vegetation.
Wild Boars are not the only animals that get killed crossing roads.
In the past year alone, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) has received eight calls about Monkeys (Long-tailed Macaques) (Macaca fascicularis) being involved in accidents.
Six of the Monkeys died, while the remaining two were treated and released back into the wild.
Mr Ben Lee, 54, the founder of Nature Trekker, said: “Animals like Boars and Pangolins (Manis javanica) are rare in Singapore, so they are ‘special’ and tend to get a lot of attention when it comes to road kill.”
Source: The New Paper
Based on the location, it’s likely that the Wild Boar had been trying to move between the small forest patches that remain along some stretches of the Seletar Expressway; signs of Wild Boar presence have been documented within the (shrinking) forest patches of Tagore and Lentor, located south of the expressway, and Springleaf on the north.