Selfless driver in Bukit Batok bus collision home from hospital

At left, the driver of the bus which flipped to its side and a screenshot from the surveillance footage of the accident on Sunday, at right. Photos: Tower Transit/Facebook, Beh Chia Lor/Facebook
At left, the driver of the bus which flipped to its side and a screenshot from the surveillance footage of the accident on Sunday, at right. Photos: Tower Transit/Facebook, Beh Chia Lor/Facebook

A bus driver hailed by his employer for heroism after a collision sent his vehicle onto its side – and 17 of his passengers to the hospital –  has been discharged from the hospital.

Bus operator Tower Transit today said the driver was resting at home today, three days after his service 945 bus was knocked through traffic barriers by another bus at the Bukit Batok interchange. Photos showed the unidentified driver, with visible bruising on his face, posing and receiving gifts from his employer, which has praised him for putting his passengers above his own welfare.

“Our Bus Captain who was driving the bus that fell on its side has been discharged from the hospital. He suffered minor injuries and is now resting at home with his family,” the operator wrote in an online post.

On Sunday evening, two buses on the same line apparently collided as one entered and one exited the interchange. Only one had passengers on board, according to Tower Transit. 

Tower Transit told reporters it had suspended the driver of the unoccupied bus pending police investigations. The 65-year-old driver was arrested Monday and faces a charge of rash act causing grievous hurt. 

Photos and videos circulated online showed emergency respondents attending the injured, and a bus with completely shattered windshields being towed away.

Tower Transit added today that the hospitalized driver was seen immediately tending to passengers after the crash and only realized he was bleeding afterward. 

Seventeen people were injured – 14 seriously – and transported to hospitals. As of Monday, four remain warded, according to Tower Transit.

Surveillance footage surfaced Monday that showed the bus almost landing on another driver from bus operator SBS Transit, who was standing nearby and flung to the ground. 

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