SBS Transit bus crashes into walkway shelter opposite VivoCity; no one injured

The impact shattered the windshield of the SBS Transit bus' upper deck.
The impact shattered the windshield of the SBS Transit bus' upper deck.PHOTOS: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A double-decker bus crashed into a taxi stand shelter opposite VivoCity on Saturday (Oct 28) evening, shocking commuters onboard.

The impact shattered the windshield of the SBS Transit bus' upper deck, according to photos sent to citizen journalism site Stomp by Secondary 2 student Carol Tan.

There were about 10 passengers on the upper deck when the accident occurred, said Carol, who was sitting at the upper deck of the bus with her mother. Her father was on the lower deck, she told The Straits Times.

When the accident occurred, Carol heard a loud bang, and debris began to fall from the top of the bus. 

"I was lucky that I wasn't sitting at the front, but at the back," said the 14-year-old.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call for ambulance assistance at around 7.10pm. An ambulance was dispatched to Telok Blangah Road towards the city, said the SCDF spokesman.

No injuries were reported.

 

In response to queries from The Straits Times, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS Transit Tammy Tan said: "No one was injured in this incident and we are thankful for that.

"We apologise to all affected commuters and are assisting the police in their investigations," added Ms Tan.

This is the third reported case of a double-decker bus crashing into a shelter opposite VivoCity this year.

Earlier in July, a Tower Transit bus ran into a taxi stand shelter after "the bus captain mistook the sheltered taxi stand for the bus stop", according to a spokesman for the bus operator.

The upper deck windscreen was also damaged in the accident. None of the eight passengers on board were injured.

And in February, another Tower Transit bus suffered the same fate when it ran crashed into the same shelter.

The Straits Times has contacted the Land Transport Authority for more information.