Tipper truck crashes into SBS bus in Tampines

A COLLISION between a tipper truck and an SBS Transit bus in Tampines yesterday afternoon tore out the back door of the bus and shattered many of its windows, causing injury to some passengers.

The incident happened at about 3.45pm, when service 27 was on Tampines Avenue 9, heading towards Hougang.

As it passed the construction site of The Tampines Trilliant condominium, it was hit by a tipper truck which was reversing onto the main road.

Real estate agent Nicholas Matthew Chia, who was sitting on the damaged side of the bus, said the rear of the truck backed into the exit doors of the bus and began slicing through its windows, raining shattered glass on the passengers.

"I saw the corner of the truck tear into the bus and going past my head. People started screaming," said the 27-year-old.

"And I was leaning my head against the window a minute and a half before that."

Mr Chia said he suffered cuts to his arms, while some passengers had their faces cut by the broken glass.

SBS Transit spokesman Tammy Tan said the company is in touch with the injured passengers, and has offered them its assistance.

Police said they received a call informing them of the accident at 3.59pm.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said two ambulances were sent to the scene and five passengers were taken conscious to Changi General Hospital.

Police investigations are ongoing.