Bus driver in viral video awarded for putting out lorry fire

Thian Siew Mui (left) received the SCDF's Community Lifesaver Award and the Singapore Road Safety Council's Commendation Award on 3 October, 2019, for her efforts. (PHOTOS: SCDF, Pasumpon Durai/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — A bus driver was on Thursday (3 October) awarded for stopping her bus to put out a fire at the side of a lorry after a video of her efforts went viral online.

For her “quick-thinking and selfless act”, SBS bus captain Thian Siew Mui, 38, received the SCDF's Community Lifesaver Award, as well as the Singapore Road Safety Council's (SRSC) Commendation Award, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a Facebook post.

“Her swift actions prevented the fire from engulfing the entire lorry,” added the SCDF.

Last Thursday, Thian had been driving her usual route along Tuas South Ave 5 when she noticed that the side of a lorry had caught fire.

She sounded the horn to alert the lorry driver, who then stopped his vehicle, while another nearby lorry also stopped to help. Both drivers tried to put out the fire with bottles of water but were unsuccessful.

Thian then stopped the bus by the side of the road and grabbed a fire extinguisher.

She extinguished the fire “very quickly” said the SCDF, and returned to her bus to continue the journey after checking that the fire had been put out.

A video clip of the incident posted by Facebook user Pasumpon Durai went viral with over 700 comments and 6,400 shares.

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