Late last year, I felt bad at the way I responded to an accident. I didn’t expect that fate wanted to test me how much I have learnt that soon.

As I was crossing the overhead pedestrian bridge to get home for my dinner after my run, I heard a crash. It sounded a little like a shopping cart crashing into a shelf full of instant noodles but this was not a supermarket. Anyway, decided to pause and investigate the situation.

Turned back, walk two steps to get a better look. A motorcycle collided with a car in front of it.

I sprang to the accident site. A lady was already on the scene, tending to the fallen rider’s request, accounting for a postponement of a delivery order he had to made, and calling his friend for help.

Many others rushed over too! Some up righting the motorcycle, and another brought a cone which I suspected was from the construction site nearby to block the lane, signalling to drivers behind of the hazard ahead.

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“Shall we move the motorcycle to the roadside?” one suggested.

“No, we can’t. The traffic police will take care of everything,” I replied.

“Can we call the ambulance now?” someone (else) suggested (this time).

I made the call (this time) – my phone was already in my hands anyway.

“Ambulance? We need an ambulance. There is an accident between a car and a motorcycle…”

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After the confirming several details about the accident and the state of the victim, the telephone operator at the other end of the line told me to reassure the rider that they are on the way.

I knelt down, gently put my hand on the rider’s.

“Everything’s going to be alright. The ambulance will be here for you very soon.”

And finally, it was just the rider, the driver, the lady and me, as we waited for the paramedics to arrive, help them to put the rider safely onto a stretcher and his belongings into the ambulance, before the lady and I left the accident scene, as the rest waited for the Traffic Police to arrive.

Wishing the rider speedy recovery and thank you to everyone who helped! Hope all’s good for the inconvenienced driver too.