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Boy suffers multiple injuries after being dragged under school bus

ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – A seven-year-old boy in Singapore was taken to hospital on Monday after he was knocked down by a school bus and dragged under the vehicle for about five metres, suffering multiple injuries.

The boy is believed to have alighted from the school bus and was crossing the road in front of it when the accident occurred, reported Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News yesterday.

A police spokesman and the Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the accident in Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 at about 2pm on Monday.

The boy was conscious when taken to National University Hospital.

The driver of the minibus, a 57-year-old man, is assisting with investigations.

Zhang Chengzhu, 67, a passer-by, told Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao that he saw the boy being dragged under the vehicle at the covered driveway next to Block 386, and shouted to get the driver’s attention. The boy, who was caught between the minibus’ rear wheels, was dragged on the road for about five metres before the driver stopped, Zhang said.

He added that the driver and a 40-year-old woman pulled the boy out from under the vehicle.

According to him, the boy’s grandmother and five-year-old sister were near the scene of the accident, waiting to pick him up.

Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, Singapore. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
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