SINGAPORE — An elderly commuter who sustained severe injuries when he fell in a bus after the driver braked hard died on Thursday morning (16 September).
Siah Keok Tiang, 68, had suffered multiple fractures that punctured his lungs and injuries to his head that led to bleeding in his brain. He was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital's intensive care unit about a week ago.
His daughter, Siah Hwan Ling, broke the news of his death in a Facebook post at about 8am on Thursday.
"Sorry everyone, thank you for all the prayers. We really appreciate it. My father didn’t make it. He has passed away," she wrote.
The older Siah was onboard a service 175 bus at around noon last Wednesday, on his way home from the Sakyadhita-NKF Dialysis Centre at Upper Boon Keng Road when the incident occurred.
He was standing up from his seat near the front door, in preparation to alight at Bugis Cube along North Bridge Road, when the bus driver applied emergency brakes to avoid a car that had suddenly cut into its lane.
As a result, Siah lost his footing and was thrown forward.
The bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle and contacted SBS Transit’s Operations Control Centre, which summoned an ambulance that conveyed the man to a hospital.
The 43-year-old car driver was later arrested by the police for careless driving and causing grievous hurt.
In response to Yahoo News Singapore's media queries, Tammy Tan, SBS Transit senior vice president of corporate communications, said, "We are very sorry to learn of Mr Siah’s passing and are assisting the family during this difficult time."
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