Boy, 6, dies in hospital after being trapped under bus

The accident involving an SMRT bus occurred yesterday morning in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5.
The accident involving an SMRT bus occurred yesterday morning in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5.PHOTO: STOMP

SCDF officers used lifting equipment to free victim; driver assisting with investigations

A six-year-old boy died in hospital yesterday after he was pinned under an SMRT bus while crossing a road in Choa Chu Kang.

The police said they were alerted to the accident involving a bus and a pedestrian in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5, in the direction of Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, at about 9am.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it used lifting equipment to rescue the boy, who was trapped under the bus.

The Straits Times understands that the boy was found under a rear wheel of the bus.

He suffered multiple injuries and was taken unconscious to National University Hospital, where he later died, said police.

The bus driver, a 57-year-old man, is assisting police with investigations.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

The boy was extricated from below the bus and taken into the ambulance. There was a lot of blood flowing under the bus.

MR CHARLIE LIM, who was driving out of a carpark when he saw the accident.

The boy was on his way to a tuition class with his mother, together with another parent and her daughter, a friend of the boy's mother told Chinese-language evening daily Lianhe Wanbao.

Immigration consultant Charlie Lim told The Straits Times that he was driving out of a carpark when he saw the accident near Block 486 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5.

"The boy was extricated from below the bus and taken into the ambulance," said Mr Lim, 44.

"There was a lot of blood flowing under the bus."

He added that the boy's mother was seen standing next to the bus and appeared to be in a state of shock as she was being comforted by a group of friends and police officers.

SMRT commuters were alerted at 10.15am via the SMRT Connect app that service 983 would skip three bus stops in Choa Chu Kang Avenues 5 and 6 due to an accident.

When ST visited the site at around 2.30pm in the afternoon, buses had resumed their usual routes.

Residents around the area said that they would usually not bother to walk to designated pedestrian crossings to make their way across the road as these were too far away.

Ms Nuradillah Jamil, 26, an office administrator, said: "A lot of residents are used to just crossing (like this)... It is unsafe for children and even for adults."

Housewife Michelle Lim, 40, said: "The divider (in the middle of the road) is so narrow, so some of the children just stand on it and wait for the buses to pass, then cross the road. I think it is very dangerous."

Ms Lim said she waits for her 12-year-old son at the bus stop to take him safely home.

SMRT vice-president of corporate communications Margaret Teo said that the transport operator was sorry and sad that the accident had happened.

"Our care team has reached out to the boy's family at the hospital to provide support and assistance," she said.

"Meanwhile, we are assisting the police in their investigations."

SMRT also apologised to commuters who were affected by the bus service disruptions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Boy, 6, dies in hospital after being trapped under bus'. Print Edition | Subscribe