A total of 33 people were injured in an accident along Jalan Jurong Kechil this morning, involving an SBS Transit bus and an SMRT bus.
Multiple images depicting a wrecked SBS Transit bus have emerged on social media, depicting the aftermath of an accident that took place near Bukit Batok around 9am.
The bus itself appeared to have crashed into a bus stop, only to be stopped by a bollard. The impact must have been pretty forceful, judging from the vehicle’s demolished bumper and the severely cracked windscreen.
The pictures also showed that the SBS bus service 157 plowed into the back of SMRT bus service 970.
According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the 33 injured were conveyed to various hospitals islandwide. 13 casualties were sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital; 14 were brought to National University Hospital; five were conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, senior vice president of corporate communications in SBS Transit Tammy Tan assured that the company’s communications team are currently at the respective hospitals to render assistance.
“We are very sorry that this has happened and our priority now is the well-being of all injured passengers,” she said, adding that SBS Transit is assisting the police and the Land Transport Authority with investigations. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.
The images were uploaded on Facebook by Linie Gabas Sajonia, who was on board the SBS bus when the crash happened. Speaking to Coconuts Singapore, Linie stated that she had been on her phone when she heard a loud bang and saw fellow passengers rolling onto the floor. Uninjured, she attempted to help the casualties out of the bus, but some of them sustained injuries severe enough to render them unable to walk.
Editor’s Note: Article updated to include information about casualties