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    Jul 08, 2016

    Man killed in Toa Payoh bus mishap

    A PEDESTRIAN was killed after an SBS Transit bus ran over him along Toa Payoh Lorong 6 yesterday morning, just outside the bus interchange.

    The victim, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman.

    Police said the 36-year-old male driver was arrested in relation to the accident.

    Retiree Lam Koon Heng, 57, told The Straits Times he was on bus service number 238, which was about to leave the interchange at around 6.15am, when the bus captain told passengers to alight as there had been an accident.

    "We were told that the bus (service number 235) in front of us had knocked down a pedestrian," he added.

    "The bus involved in the accident was blocking the interchange exit."

    In response to media queries, SBS Transit's senior vice-president for corporate communications Tammy Tan said the company was assisting police with investigations.

    "We are very saddened and sorry that this has happened. Our immediate priority is to get in touch with the family of the deceased and to render assistance," she added.

    A photo of the accident was uploaded by Facebook user Kaede Tseng who wrote: "Major accident in front of Toa Payoh bus interchange. One blue tent spotted. Condolences to the deceased's family."

    Apologising to commuters and motorists for the delays and inconvenience caused, Ms Tan said staff were deployed to assist with traffic diversion and guide people to the interchange.