Sunday, August 12, 2012

1 injured after SMRT bus rams into bus stop

SINGAPORE - An SMRT bus ferrying about 20 passengers was involved in an accident at Jurong Town Hall on Friday morning, the Shin Min Daily News reported.

The SMRT service 176 was travelling towards Bukit Panjang Interchange at about 6.15am when it mounted a kerb then crashed into the bus stop.

The impact sliced off the roof of the bus stop, The New Paper reported. Shattered glass was also scattered around the accident site.

The front of the bus was also badly damaged.

One passenger was injured and was attended to by paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

An eyewitness told reporters that he had heard the driver of the bus explaining that he felt a pain in his left hand, causing him to lose control of the wheel.

The resident told the Chinese daily that there would usually be many schoolchildren from a nearby secondary school at the bus stop, but since it was a school holiday, the bus stop was empty.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

According to an SMRT spokesperson, the driver alerted the SMRT's bus operations control centre.

The police was immediately contacted and a field team was dispatched to assist passengers.

Passengers were transferred to another bus to continue their journey.

It added that the bus driver has been suspended from duty while the investigation is being carried out.

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