This story was updated at 2.10pm on 24 May 2018.
A six-year-old boy has died after being trapped under an SMRT bus along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 on Thursday (24 May) morning.
The child had “sustained serious injuries” and was taken to the National University Hospital (NUH) said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in response to media queries.
SCDF personnel, who were alerted to the accident at 9.07am, had found the boy under the bus upon their arrival. Lifting equipment had to be used to rescue him. Yahoo News Singapore understands the boy was trapped under one of the bus’s rear wheels.
According to the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the boy died in hospital and the 57-year-old bus driver is assisting the police with investigations.
Immigration consultant Charlie Lim, 44, said he was driving out of a carpark near Block 486 when he saw that the boy was being extricated by the SCDF.
Lim added that he also saw a woman, believed to be the child’s mother, standing next to the bus “in a state of shock” while being comforted by police officers and passers-by.
“I asked around and was told that the boy was playing with a mobility device when crossing the road,” he said.
According to a Straits Times report, SMRT informed commuters that its Service 983 bus would be skipping a few stops along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 and 6 due to an accident.
SMRT’s “care team has reached out to the boy’s family at the hospital to provide support and assistance”, said SMRT vice-president of corporate communications Margaret Tee.
She added that SMRT is assisting the police in their investigations.
SPF has urged the public not to circulate images and videos of the late child, or the accident site, out of respect for his family.
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