Bus driver trapped, six passengers injured after accident at Changi Airport bus interchange

SINGAPORE (CNA) – An accident at Changi Airport Terminal 2 bus interchange on Sunday left the bus driver trapped and six passengers injured after the bus they were in hit a concrete pillar.

The bus was so badly crushed that Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) elite rescue team had to be deployed to rescue the trapped driver, a 62-year-old man.

SCDF said in a Facebook post on Sunday that it received a call for help at the bus interchange at about 12.30pm. Officers who arrived at the scene found the passenger bus “impacted against a concrete pillar”.

“The front of the bus was badly crushed inwards, pinning the driver in his seat,” SCDF said.

SCDF paramedics and medical crew from the Airport Emergency Service (AES) attended to the six passengers in the bus, before they were taken to Changi General Hospital.

Paramedics at the scene. PHOTO: CNA

Police said that the injured passengers were aged between 24 and 72.

Meanwhile, firefighters from Changi Fire Station and AES used hydraulic cutting tools to cut open the driver’s window, SCDF said.

“Due to the complexity of the rescue operation, rescuers from the SCDF’s elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) had to be deployed to the scene,” it added.

A DART Rescue Vehicle was used to pull the bus from the pillar to give the rescuers more operating space.

“The DART rescuers had to first manoeuvre delicately within the limited space around the driver and with the aid of a slew of hydraulic rescue equipment, they finally gained access to the driver by prying the dashboard which had pinned his legs.

“They freed the driver through the rear exit doors of the bus,” said SCDF.