Choa Chu Kang bus accident: Boy's body sent home to India

The body of a six-year-old boy, who was run over by a bus on Thursday, has been sent home to India, The Straits Times has learnt.

Ashvin was pinned under the SMRT bus, which was travelling along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5, and suffered multiple injuries. He died at the National University Hospital.

According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, Ashvin had travelled to Singapore with his pregnant mother from their hometown in Chennai, to visit his father, a permanent resident working in Singapore.

The father had moved into a rental flat in the Choa Chu Kang area a few months ago.

But the visit ended in tragedy after the child allegedly rushed out in front of the bus while his mother was busy adjusting her grip on some groceries and his scooter.

Ashvin was trapped near the rear wheel of the bus, and had to be extracted by Singapore Civil Defence Force responders.

The Straits Times was not able to independently verify his father's occupation or his future plans.

A group of five men arrived at the Singapore General Hospital mortuary at about 12.30pm yesterday to collect Ashvin's body and have it embalmed before it was sent back to India.

They declined to respond to media queries, citing privacy concerns for the child's family, when approached for comment.

But The Straits Times understands that one of them is a relative of the child, with the rest being friends of the bereaved parents.

The boy's parents are understood to have left on a 2pm flight back to India yesterday.

Ashvin's body was flown back to Chennai on a flight departing Changi Airport in the evening.

Police investigations, with assistance from the 57-year-old bus driver, are ongoing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Choa Chu Kang bus accident: Boy's body sent home to India'. Print Edition | Subscribe