SMRT suspends bus driver after passenger badly injures leg while alighting

SINGAPORE - SMRT has suspended the driver behind the wheel of a service 913 bus, after an elderly woman was left badly injured while alighting from the bus on Friday afternoon.

The woman suffered a "serious injury to her left leg" during the incident at Woodlands Town Garden bus stop, SMRT said in a statement. She had to be sent to the hospital.

A photograph of the alleged incident, which is circulating on social media, showed the bloodied foot of the passenger, visible from the bus' exit door.

SMRT added that members of the public and the bus driver administered first aid while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

"We have met the lady's son to apologise for the incident and will extend assistance to the family as best as we can," said Ms Margaret Teo, head of corporate marketing and communications at SMRT.

The company said it has suspended the bus captain from driving, who is assisting with investigations.

"We are sorry for the distress and inconvenience caused to passengers and passers-by who may have been affected by the incident," Ms Teo also said.

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