UPDATE: The 59-year-old bus driver has been arrested for causing death by rash act, the police said.
One person was killed and 12 were injured in a bus accident at the Tuas Checkpoint early on Tuesday morning (26 February). The accident also blocked the heavy vehicle lane heading towards Singapore, forcing buses and lorries to be diverted back to Malaysia.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it had responded to a call for assistance at 4.25am to the accident site, where a bus had collided onto the railings.
A Facebook post at 5.20am by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that police and SCDF personnel were at the scene.
The ICA later released a media statement which said, “A 35-year-old female bus passenger was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The bus driver and 11 other bus passengers were conveyed to hospitals. Police investigations are ongoing.”
An update at 6.05am on the ICA Facebook page added, “Buses and lorries are unable to enter the checkpoint at arrival, while departure traffic is affected due to buses and lorries being diverted back to Malaysia. Motorists are advised to use Woodlands Checkpoint for both arrival and departure instead.”
At 6.55am, ICA posted another Facebook update which said that traffic for arriving and departing cars and motorcycles at Tuas Checkpoint had returned to normal. However, the heavy vehicle lane remains closed, while arrival traffic remains heavy due to morning peak period.
Another update at 10am stated that the heavy vehicle lane at Tuas Checkpoint has been reopened for arriving buses and lorries. Arrival traffic remains heavy, and travellers are advised to check the One Motoring website before embarking on their journey.
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