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A fallen tree in Chestnut Nature Park crushed an automobile.

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  • A large Albizia tree in Chestnut Nature Park fell and crushed a parked car, an event captured on dashcam and widely viewed on social media.
  • The incident has raised concerns about the safety of Albizia trees in urban areas and the importance of proper tree maintenance by authorities like NParks.
  • Insurance companies stress the necessity of having comprehensive motor insurance and the importance of documenting any damage for claims assessment.

In the tranquil surroundings of Chestnut Nature Park, a sudden crash disrupted the peace on April 13, 2024. An imposing Albizia tree, known for its rapid growth and brittle wood, snapped and plummeted onto an unsuspecting white sedan. The car, which was unoccupied at the time, suffered extensive damage, with its bonnet and roof bearing the brunt of the impact. This alarming event was captured on a dashcam and has since garnered over 60,000 views on the SG Road Vigilante Facebook page, sparking discussions on road safety and the latent hazards posed by nature in urban spaces.

The National Parks Board (NParks) was quick to respond, stating that the incident occurred around 5 pm and, fortunately, did not result in any injuries. The debris was cleared by 7:30 pm, ensuring that the area was safe for public use once again. However, this is not the first instance of an Albizia tree causing destruction; a similar event in 2016 saw a tree topple onto a Bukit Timah bungalow. These occurrences underscore the vulnerability of Albizia trees to factors such as pests and root rot, prompting a reevaluation of the species planted in public spaces.

Insurance experts have weighed in on the matter, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive motor insurance plans that cover such unforeseen damages. Cecilia Siah, the deputy vice-president and head of the motor business at Income Insurance, highlighted the value of in-car footage in supporting insurance claims. Similarly, Raymond Ong, the chief executive of Etiqa Insurance Singapore, advised motorists to meticulously document the scene, including taking photographs and videos, to facilitate an accurate assessment of the damage when initiating the claim process.

The incident at Chestnut Nature Park serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable elements within our urban landscapes. It brings to light the critical role of insurance in providing a safety net for vehicle owners against the whims of nature. As we navigate the concrete jungle, it is essential to remain vigilant and prepared for the unexpected.

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