Commuter sustains injuries after SBS Transit bus applied emergency brakes

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A bus commuter (Mr Siah) sustained multiple injuries after Bus Service 175 applied emergency brakes to avoid an accident at North Bridge Road on 8 September 2021. (PHOTOS: Siah Hwan Ling/Facebook)
A bus commuter (Mr Siah) sustained multiple injuries after Bus Service 175 applied emergency brakes to avoid an accident at North Bridge Road on 8 September 2021. (PHOTOS: Siah Hwan Ling/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — A bus commuter fell and sustained injuries after an SBS Transit driver applied emergency brakes at North Bridge Road to avoid an accident on Wednesday (8 September).

A Service 175 bus was travelling straight along North Bridge Road when a car in the next lane suddenly cut into the bus’ lane and brushed against its front, based on the bus operator’s CCTV footage, Tammy Tan, SBS Transit Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, said in a statement on Thursday.

“At this same time, Mr Siah (the commuter), who was seated right on the first seat near the front door, had just stood up from his seat in preparation to alight. He lost his footing as result of this and was thrown forward,” Tan said.

The bus captain immediately stopped the bus and contacted SBS Transit’s Operations Control Centre, which summoned an ambulance that conveyed Siah to hospital, Tan added.

SBS Transit has shared its CCTV footage with the Traffic Police. “Our thoughts are with Mr Siah for a full recovery," Tan said.

In a post on Facebook, the commuter’s daughter Siah Hwan Ling said her father has been transferred to the intensive care unit after he was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

He sustained injuries on his head with bleeding in his brain, left rib cage fracture, which caused puncturing and bubbles in his lungs, multiple fractures, and lacerations, according to Hwan Ling.

Appealing for information from eyewitnesses, she said that her father was on his way back home and expected to alight at Bugis Cube after travelling from NKF Dialysis Centre - Sakyadhita at Upper Boon Keng Road when the incident happened.

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Please let me have more information as that location the bus shouldn’t be travelling so fast as they are reaching the traffic light where there is heavy human traffics (sic) crossing that road. That ebrake shouldn’t have caused such a serious injury.”

Yahoo News Singapore has reached out to Hwan Ling for comments.

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