Sunday, October 14, 2012

Man dead after being knocked down by Sentosa bus

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man in his 50s was killed after he was knocked down by a Sentosa shuttle bus on Wednesday.

The accident occurred at about 5pm at a roundabout in front of Imbiah Station, an express rail station which is a stop away from the Resorts World Singapore integrated resort.

There is an overhead bridge and pedestrian crossing within 100m of the accident scene.

The bus was driven by a man in his 30s who had started work in Sentosa three months ago, said a spokesman for the Sentosa Leisure Group, which operates the shuttle buses.

The bus driver is assisting the police with investigations.

There were no passengers on the bus, which had been dispatched to pick up passengers at Siloso Point.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived at the scene after receiving a call at 5.08pm.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, said a spokesman. He declined to provide information on the identity of the man.

Eyewitnesses told The Straits Times that staff from the Sentosa Leisure Group helped perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim, who was believed to be alone, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

A pushcart salesgirl at the Imbiah Station, Ms Sophia Chua, 22, said it was a frightening sight as there was a lot of blood.

She said the victim, who was wearing a polo T-shirt and trousers, was already not moving when the ambulance arrived.

"The bus driver looked scared and nervous, and was pacing about the accident scene," she said.

Another eyewitness, cleaner Raju Thanatal, 46, said: "There were so many people crowding around to see what happened."

The Sentosa Leisure Group spokesman said that while there had been "minor accidents of buses hitting the kerb, nothing serious has happened here (before)".

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