by Daniel Yap
A 24-year-old nurse has become the third victim of chemical burns from sitting on an unknown substance (ST, Nurse Burnt by substance on train seat, Mar 3). Wan Zahfirah Arshad was taking the north-bound train on the North-South line at 11am yesterday when the incident happened.
TODAY also reported that she suffered third-degree burns to her left buttock and was warded at the Singapore General Hospital. Third-degree burns are considered severe.
The apparent acid attack follows a similar incident on April 14, when a 14-year-old student suffered chemical burns from sitting on an unidentified substance at a bus stop along Bukit Batok East Ave 3. Last year, another woman suffered chemical burns, also on the north-bound train on the North-South line.
The latest incident has sparked calls for vigilance online, with some speculating that the incidents could be connected and deliberate. People are encouraged to watch what they sit on, even if it looks like water, and not to rush for seats on the train.
No arrests have been made in connection with any of the three cases and it is unknown if SMRT surveillance footage has shed any light on the incidents.