SINGAPORE - At least 28 people were injured in an accident on Thursday morning along Changi Road. It involved an SMRT bus and two SBS Transit buses.
Twenty-eight people were taken to Changi General Hospital (CGH) by ambulance and support vehicles, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and police.
A CGH spokesman said it treated 29 people, and most of the patients sustained minor injuries. They have either been discharged or referred to outpatient clinics and polyclinics for follow-up checks.
The three buses - SMRT's service number 67, and SBS Transit's service numbers 2 and 7 - were travelling in the same direction when they collided.
SCDF said a fire engine, three ambulances and three support vehicles were despatched to the accident scene near Masjid Kassim mosque, after receiving a call at about 9.30am.
Mr Patrick Nathan, SMRT's vice-president of corporate information and communications, said that 10 passengers on service 67 were injured.
"Our immediate priority was the safety and care of all affected passengers. Our bus captain assisted to transfer the remaining passengers to the next bus to continue their journey," he added.
"We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and will be extending assistance to the injured passengers."
Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS Transit, also apologised and added that its priority is the well-being of the injured commuters.
"We have sent several teams to the hospital to meet with them to extend care and concern," she said.
Several people at shops and residences near the accident scene said they heard a loud collision and saw black smoke coming out from one of the buses.
Mr Song Choon Gee, who owns a hardware shop opposite the accident site, said: "I thought something fell so I walked out to take a look and saw that the three buses had collided. I also saw a lot of black smoke... Bus 67 was sandwiched between two buses."
A 52-year-old shopkeeper, who would only give his name as Mr Ng, added: "From what I could see, those on board the buses had light injuries."
A resident of Keng Yee Garden near the accident site, who did not want to be named, said many passengers were "sitting around" after being told to alight.
Police said that investigations are ongoing.