Two buses drive into ditches in 2 separate accidents on same day

A minibus hit a lamp post and landed in drain at Lentor Ave on Nov 30, 2015.
A minibus hit a lamp post and landed in drain at Lentor Ave on Nov 30, 2015. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
A private bus carrying 40 foreign workers drove into a drain, narrowly missing a tree on Nov 30, 2015.
A private bus carrying 40 foreign workers drove into a drain, narrowly missing a tree on Nov 30, 2015.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A bus ferrying 40 foreign workers and a minibus ended up in drains in two separate accidents on Monday (Nov 30) evening.

The driver of the minibus told Shin Min Daily News that he braked suddenly to avoid a car, and the bus swerved to the left.

The bus, which was travelling on Lentor Avenue, crossed one lane and mounted the pavement. The 60-year-old driver avoided a big tree and an electrical box, and drove into the drain. The vehicle also downed a lamp post.

He and his assistant were on their way home after sending five students back at about 5.19pm. The 65-year-old assistant was petrified and was taken to hospital, he said.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said one person was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat hospital.

In another accident, a private bus ended up in a ditch in Kaki Bukit Avenue 4 after striking a curb.

The driver lost control of the bus, which sped up a slope and into a wooded area. It crashed into a drain, narrowly missing a big tree, the driver told Shin Min.

The 46-year-old driver was sending some 40 workers from Punggol to their dormitory in Kaki Bukit.

It is understood that no one was injured in the two accidents.