Mandai Road in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A Singaporean truck driver was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing two migrant workers by reversing a truck over them while driving without the help of a traffic controller.

Neo Beng Teck, 55, was charged with causing death by negligent driving in a Singapore court on Wednesday. As well as the 10 weeks in jail, he was disqualified from driving for five years, The Straits Times reported.

On November 3 last year, two Bangladeshi workers named Alam Nur-E, 35 and Anis Abdul Jalil, 47, were sleeping near the truck at a worksite on Mandai Road at about 1pm. Neo, unaware that the two workers were lying on the road, reversed his truck over them.

Some workers at the site tried to stop the truck by yelling at Neo, but they failed to get his attention. The police arrived at around 1:15pm and Alam was pronounced dead on the spot. Anis was taken to a hospital, but died at 2:20pm, todayonline.com reported.

In Singapore, the maximum penalty for causing death by negligent driving is a fine and up to two years in jail.

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