In a most unfortunate accident, a six-year-old boy was pinned under an SMRT bus and later died in a hospital on Thursday (May 24).
He was reportedly on his way to a tuition class with his mother, accompanied by a mother-daughter pair, when the accident happened while he was crossing the road.
The police said they were alerted to the accident involving a bus and a pedestrian along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5, in the direction of Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, at about 9 am.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was also activated and when their team responded and arrived at the scene, they used lifting equipment to extricate the boy trapped under the rear wheel of the bus.
Onlookers at the scene recounted that “there were screams and shouts,” and one witness said that “there was a lot of blood flowing under the bus.”
He added that the boy’s mother was seen standing next to the bus and appeared to be in a state of shock as she was being comforted by a group of friends and police officers.
The boy sustained multiple serious injuries and was unconscious when he was conveyed to National University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The bus driver, a 57-year-old man, is assisting the police with investigations.
SMRT vice-president of corporate communications Margaret Teo expressed her apologies and sorrow on behalf of the transport operator in view of the accident. The company also apologised to commuters who were affected by the disruption of bus service 983 in the period when authorities were conducting investigations and clearing the accident site.
“Our care team has reached out to the boy’s family at the hospital to provide support and assistance,” she said. “Meanwhile, we are assisting the police in their investigations.”
A police spokesman told the media: “The police would like to urge members of the public not to circulate images or videos of the six-year-old boy at the accident scene, out of respect for his family.”