For 3.5 years, Mr Ken Ang, 40 has been taking the short cut behind Block 79 at Tanglin Halt to get to his workplace at Biopolis. This short cut requires residents and friends to walk across a dirt muddy path created by thousands of footsteps through the years, walking across the railway tracks used by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) trains. Unfortunately, tragedy struck yesterday morning when he was knocked by an incoming train at 7.35am. Mr Ang's motionless body was found beside the tracks and he was pronounced dead soon after at 7.50am.
Mr Ang was hit by a train at Tanglin Halt
According to reports from the national newspapers, Mr Ang is deaf and dumb. He works as a cleaner at the Immunos building at Biopolis and he would cross the railway tracks every morning. His friend, Mr. Singhanhit, 59, mentioned that Mr Ang would use the hearing aid every day at work.
The railway crossing was popular among residents in Portsdown and employees at Biopolis, who use the short cut to get to the Commonwealth MRT and the Tanglin Halt Market and Food Centre.
Residents walking along the railway tracks at Tanglin Halt