Two escape unhurt as lorry rams bus stop

The accident happened along Ganges Avenue, towards Zion Road, on Wednesday afternoon. The 70-year-old driver was conscious when he was taken to the Singapore General Hospital.
The accident happened along Ganges Avenue, towards Zion Road, on Wednesday afternoon. The 70-year-old driver was conscious when he was taken to the Singapore General Hospital.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Two people waiting for a bus narrowly escaped injury when a lorry driver lost control of his vehicle and mounted the kerb at a River Valley bus stop on Wednesday afternoon.

A police spokesman said that they were alerted to the accident along Ganges Avenue, towards Zion Road, at around 3.20pm.

The 70-year-old driver was conscious when taken to the Singapore General Hospital, the spokesman said.

The Straits Times understands that he suffered cuts to his forehead. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the hospital was alerted to be on standby to receive him.

A construction worker, who wanted to be known only as Michael, 35, told Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News that he heard a deafening crash before rushing out from his worksite to take a look.

"There was a man and a woman waiting for the bus at the time. Fortunately, the lorry crashed into a bollard at the bus stop and they were able to escape unhurt," he said.

He added that most of the items on the lorry were not damaged, except for a bicycle that had fallen off the vehicle.

Following the accident, commuters had to alight about 15m away from the bus stop, as there were glass shards on the road, Shin Min reported.

Police investigations are ongoing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2017, with the headline 'Two escape unhurt as lorry rams bus stop'. Print Edition | Subscribe