Singapore

Cabby in ICU after collision with bus

Four passengers also injured in accident between cab and private bus in Woodlands

Five people were injured when a taxi and a private bus collided at Woodlands on Wednesday morning.

The cabby was trapped in his vehicle after the accident at about 6.30am at the junction of Woodlands Drive 65 and Woodlands Avenue 6.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the 57-year-old man. The cabby was trapped in his vehicle for about 30 minutes before rescuers got him out, his son told Shin Min Daily News.


A private bus and a taxi collided at the junction of Woodlands Drive 65 and Woodlands Avenue 6. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The cabby of five years suffered head injuries, at least one broken rib and internal bleeding. He is warded in an Intensive Care Unit, after undergoing two operations.

The New Paper understands that the four others who were injured – a man, his wife and her parents who are in their 70s – were the cabby's passengers.

INJURIES

An SCDF spokesman said four of the casualties had head injuries.

Four of the injured were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and one to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Shin Min reported that one of the five, a 41-year-old woman, is in a normal ward at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital after fracturing her wrist.

She underwent another operation yesterday.

SCDF said it sent four ambulances, one Red Rhino, one fire engine and four support vehicles.

It is not known how many passengers were in the private bus or which company owns it.

ComfortDelGro's group corporate communications officer Tammy Tan said: "We are investigating the accident. Our priority is the well-being of the injured and our cabby. We are already in touch with them and are assisting them as best as we can."

Police investigations are ongoing.

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