Large tree branch falls on SBS Transit bus near Yishun's Northpoint City, no one hurt

Photos of the incident posted on citizen journalism website Stomp show the bus with a cracked windscreen, and damage can be seen on its roof and front bumper.
Photos of the incident posted on citizen journalism website Stomp show the bus with a cracked windscreen, and damage can be seen on its roof and front bumper.PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A large tree branch fell on an SBS Transit bus in front of Yishun's Northpoint City mall on Wednesday (June 14), though the driver and passengers managed to escape unhurt.

Photos of the incident posted on citizen journalism website Stomp show the bus with a cracked windscreen, and damage can be seen on its roof and front bumper.

The incident occurred at around 2pm at a bus stop near Northpoint City, opposite Yishun MRT station.

In response to queries, SBS Transit senior vice-president of corporate communications Tammy Tan said the bus plying the service 117 route was approaching the bus stop in Yishun Avenue 2 when the tree branch landed on it.

Ms Tan added that this resulted in damage to the front of the bus, and disruption to passengers' journey although no one was injured.

A spokesman for Northpoint City told The Straits Times that the the area was immediately cordoned off and a team from the mall worked with the police and the National Parks Board to clear the fallen branches.

The area was cleared by 4.30pm, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Northpoint City has made arrangements to prune the cluster of trees as a precaution.

The mall is also working closely with the relevant authorities to assess if the trees should be removed.

"While there were no injuries reported, we regret the incident and assure our shoppers that their safety remains our utmost priority," the spokesman added.