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Lydia Lam and Lim Yaohui
The Straits Times
11 April 2017
Two people were injured after a bus collided with an Uber car near Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday (April 11) afternoon.
The SMRT bus, which The Straits Times understands was empty, collided with a white Toyota Sienta at the junction of Bayfront Avenue and Raffles Avenue at about 2pm.
The driver of bus service 171 told ST that the driver of the Uber car and one of his passengers were injured.
A woman in her 30s was taken to Singapore General Hospital, while the 46-year-old Uber driver was taken to Raffles Hospital, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and police told ST on Tuesday.
ST understands that the woman's injuries were quite serious, and she was accompanied to hospital by the other Uber passenger.
The bus had just come out from a terminal nearby, and so was empty at the time.
Mr Nicholas Chew, a 25-year-old public relations executive who saw the aftermath of the scene, told ST that he was in another Uber car when he saw the bus in the middle of the road.
"It was blocking the entire road so cars couldn't get on the flyover beside the Helix Bridge. Beside it, there was a very badly banged up car. A lady was being tended to by paramedics," he said.
The Land Transport Authority in a tweet at 2.16pm advised drivers to avoid the left lane on Raffles Avenue towards Raffles Link, after Bayfront Avenue, as there had been an accident.
Responding to ST queries, Mr Patrick Nathan, vice-president for corporate information and communications at SMRT, on Tuesday confirmed that bus service 171 was involved in an accident with a private car at the junction of Bayfront Avenue and Raffles Avenue at about 2pm.
"There were no passengers on the bus and the bus captain did not suffer any injuries," he said. "The driver and two passengers on board the private car were taken to hospital. We have reached out to the three. We are investigating the accident."
The police told ST that they were alerted to the accident at 2.05pm and that police investigations are ongoing.
ST has contacted Uber for more information.