Woman, 66, dies after falling in bus

An elderly woman died yesterday after falling inside a bus last week.

Madam Tan Ah Tit, 66, a coffee shop assistant, was on her way home on SBS Transit service 109 last Saturday when the driver braked suddenly along Sengkang East Road at about 4pm.

He was trying to avoid colliding with a car.

According to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, Madam Tan was travelling from her workplace in Toa Payoh. She was standing, lost her balance, hit her head and fell unconscious.

She was then taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) with broken legs and brain haemorrhage.

Surgery was performed on her, but she was later declared brain dead.


Her 47-year-old son, a property agent who wanted to be known only as Mr Seah, realised his mother was not home only nine hours later. He called hospitals to check, and was told by KTPH staff that Madam Tan had been warded and had undergone an operation.

A police spokesman said that Madam Tan died yesterday, and investigations are ongoing.

Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications for SBS Transit, said: "We are very sad that this has happened and are in touch with the son, Mr Seah, to render the family assistance during this difficult time.

"Pending the outcome of investigations, the bus captain has been suspended from driving duties. We are also assisting the police in their investigations." - David Sun