Elderly cyclist hit by bus dies in hospital

Transport company SBS Transit last night paid its respects at the wake of a 87-year-old man who died after being pinned under one of its buses. Company representatives had also visited him in hospital on Sunday night.

Mr Artie Tan was cycling at the junction of Marine Crescent and Marine Parade Road when the accident happened on Sunday morning. Shin Min Daily News reported that Mr Tan had been on his way home from Parkway Parade.

He died in Changi General Hospital on Monday.

SBS spokesman Tammy Tan told The Straits Times that the firm has been in touch with Mr Tan's family.

"We are very sad that this has happened," she said, adding that the company is assisting police with investigations.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call about the accident at 11.38am on Sunday and sent a Red Rhino and an ambulance to the scene. Officers took five minutes to free Mr Tan. The lower half of his body was pinned under the front of the bus.

"Four SCDF personnel were looking under the bus and examining ways to rescue the man," said Mr Samson Zee, 45, who was in a passing taxi.

Eyewitnesses said about 25 people had gathered on the left side of the bus. A Marine Parade resident, who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, said that passengers on the bus wanted to free him, but were afraid of causing him more harm.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'Elderly cyclist hit by bus dies in hospital'. Print Edition | Subscribe