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Earlier this week, a 54-year-old pedestrian was hit by an SBS Transit double-decker bus after the bus made a discretionary right turn in the direction of the road she was crossing, causing her to be pinned under the rear wheel of the bus.
The incident reportedly took place at the junction of Bedok Reservoir Road and Bedok North Road earlier this week at about 1 pm on Monday.
It was captured in a video uploaded by Roads.sg onto its Facebook page on Wednesday (10 December).
In the video, the bus was seen making a discretionary right turn. At the time, the woman was walking across the road on the pedestrian crossing.
The video later showed the woman calling for help as she struggled to remove her pinned leg from under the right rear wheel of the bus.
A man, who appeared to be the bus driver, immediately got off the bus to check on the woman while trying to move her out from under the wheel.
The police who were informed of the incident said that the woman was conscious when taken to Changi General Hospital. Police added that investigations are ongoing.
Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications at SBS Transit, told TNP that the company is assisting the police with investigations and is in touch with the victim’s next of kin.
“We are sorry that this has happened and are committed to rendering our assistance as she recovers,” Ms Tan said, adding that the company also apologised to the affected commuters and motorists due to the incident.
Concerns on pedestrian safety at junctions with discretionary right turns have been raised in Parliament in recent years, with Members of Parliament (MPs) calling for the cessation of such discretionary turns which have led to numerous fatal accidents.
In 2018, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that it will introduce Red-Amber-Green (RAG) arrows to replace discretionary right turns at most traffic junctions by 2023.
By implementing this, the motorists will have to wait for the arrow to turn green before making a right turn, even when there is no opposing traffic or pedestrians crossing the road, LTA said.
This came after two separate fatal accidents that happened in April 2018 involving the vehicles making a discretionary right turn.
One of the incidents was a taxi driver which picked up four passengers hit by a speeding car when he made a discretionary right turn at a signalised Clementi Road junction.
This accident resulted in the death of a 19-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student.
The man who sped was fined S$5,000 and was disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for two years.