3-bus crash in Changi Road injures 28 people
TWENTY-EIGHT people were injured in an accident yesterday morning along Changi Road. It involved an SMRT bus and two SBS Transit buses.
The injured people were taken to Changi General Hospital by ambulance and support vehicles, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and police said. It is understood that there were no serious injuries.
The three buses - SMRT service 67, and SBS services 2 and 7 - were travelling in the same direction when they collided.
SCDF said a fire engine, three ambulances and three support vehicles were dispatched to the accident scene near Masjid Kassim, after a call was received at about 9.30am.
Patrick Nathan, SMRT's vice-president of corporate information and communications, said that 10 passengers on the 67 bus were injured.
"We apologise for the inconvenience caused and will be extending assistance to the injured passengers."
Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS, also apologised and added that its priority was the well-being of the injured commuters.
"We have sent several teams to the hospital to meet them to extend care and concern," she said.
Several people at shops and homes nearby said they had heard a loud collision and saw black smoke coming from one of the buses.
Said Song Choon Gee, who owns a hardware shop opposite the accident site: "I thought something fell, so I walked out to take a look and saw that the three buses had collided. I also saw a lot of black smoke...bus 67 was sandwiched between two buses."
A resident of the nearby Keng Yee Garden, who did not want to be named, said many passengers were told to alight from the buses, and they were "sitting around".
The police said that investigations were ongoing.
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