1 dead, 16 injured in bus accident at Tuas Checkpoint

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SINGAPORE: One person died and 16 were injured after a bus collided into a railing near Tuas Checkpoint early on Tuesday morning (Feb 26).

The heavy vehicle lane heading towards Singapore was closed for more than four hours after the accident. Buses and lorries were diverted back to Malaysia, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to a call for assistance at 501 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim at 4.25am. 

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene and 16 people were taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and National University Hospital, it said.

A person was trapped in the bus and rescued by SCDF officers using hydraulic rescue tools, it added.

ICA first alerted motorists to the accident in a Facebook post at 5.20am. It said buses and lorries were unable to enter the checkpoint at arrival, and advised motorists to use Woodlands Checkpoint instead.

Police and SCDF officers were at the scene, it added.

Photos posted online by Facebook users showed barricades blocking the heavy vehicle lane.

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Barricades put up at the heavy vehicle lane at the Tuas Checkpoint after an accident involving a bus on Feb 26, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/William Mah)

In an update on its Facebook page just before 7am, ICA said traffic for arriving and departing cars and motorcycles had returned to normal. 

At 10am, ICA said it has reopened the heavy vehicle lane for arriving buses and lorries. However, traffic heading towards Singapore was still heavy due to the morning peak period, it said.

“Travellers are advised to check One Motoring website before embarking on their journey,” it added.

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