Spotted on STOMP this morning:
SMRT bus crash that killed passenger: I tried braking 4 times, says driver
He had stepped on the brakes but they failed, said the driver of the SMRT bus which skidded and overturned at Dairy Farm Road on Sunday morning. One bus passenger was killed while the driver and the only other passenger on board 700A were sent to the National University Hospital for treatment.
According to a report in The Straits Times today, the bus passenger who was injured in the accident was discharged on Monday morning. The driver is currently still warded at NUH and his condition is said to be stable. The 39-year-old driver said he lost control of the vehicle, when he was trying to make the turn into Dairy Farm Road, reported The Straits Times.
The China national told Lianhe Zaobao that he had stepped on the brakes to decrease the bus’ speed, but the bus “suddenly went crazy” and its speed kept climbing. “I couldn’t control it at all,” said the Henan native, who has been driving the service 700A route for about a year. According to a Shin Min report, the bus driver had tried braking four times but to no avail.
The report also mentioned that the male passenger who died was 19 years old and the bus driver is Mr Zhang Kun. SMRT announced in a statement that the bus driver, who has been driving service 700 since July 2012 has a clean service record. SMRT also said that the bus driver had more than the required 8-hour rest period between his shifts prior to the accident. The bus involved in the accident was last maintained on June 21 and was given a clean bill of health, with no brake or steering-related problems noted during the inspection, SMRT added.
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