34 people injured after accident involving 2 buses at Bukit Batok bus stop

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Thirty four people suffered injuries after an SMRT bus and an SBS Transit bus collided at a bus stop along Jalan Jurong Kechil in Bukit Batok on Friday morning (May 11).

SMRT bus service 970 had stopped at the bus stop when it was hit from behind by SBS Transit bus service 157.

Responding to a Stomp query, the police said they were alerted to the accident at 9.03am.

"Thirty three people were conscious when conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital," a police spokesman told Stomp.

Most of them had minor injuries.

Facebook user Linie Gabas Sajonia posted photos from the accident scene and wrote: "Thank u Lord im safe! (sic)"

The images show the SMRT bus with a dented rear, while the SBS Transit bus had a badly shattered windscreen.

Stomper Richard also shared pictures of the incident.

SMRT's Vice President for Corporate Communications, Ms Margaret Teo, told Stomp that its bus captain was among the injured.

She said in a statement to Stomp: "At around 9.05am this morning, an SMRT bus (service 970) that had stopped at a bus stop along Jalan Jurong Kechil was hit from behind by another bus (service 157).

"Our bus captain and several passengers were injured.

"Our immediate priority is the well-being of our passengers and staff who were aboard our bus. Our CARE team is reaching out to them to render assistance.

"We would also like to apologise to affected passengers who were inconvenienced by this morning's accident.

"Meanwhile, we are assisting the police in their investigations."

Ms Tammy Tan, SBS Transit's Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, said in response to a Stomp query: "At about 9.05am this morning, SBS Transit Service 157 collided into an SMRT bus at a bus stop along Jalan Jurong Kechil.

"A total of 34 persons from the two buses were conveyed to three hospitals. Five SBS Transit communications teams are now at the hospitals to render assistance to the injured.

"We are very sorry that this has happened and our priority now is the well-being of all injured passengers."

Ms Tan added that the company was also assisting the police and Land Transport Authority (LTA) in their investigations.

She later said in an updated statement: "Immediately after the accident, our staff went down to the three hospitals to assist the injured. We are already in contact with most of them and will continue to try to get in touch with the rest.

"Of the 34 who were conveyed to hospital, 24 received outpatient treatment while seven are warded. Three more are still waiting to complete their medical assessments.

"We will continue to monitor their progress and be on hand to help as much as we can. We are deeply apologetic for the distress and inconvenience caused."

A video published by The Straits Times shows the SMRT bus being towed away at 11.30am.

Police investigations are ongoing.