By Amanda Yong
She was allegedly alighting from the bus when the vehicle started moving off.
Then, Madam Yeo Imm Hock, 84, a housewife, felt the doors of the bus slamming against her back.
In that split second, she was flung face forward onto the ground.
The grandmother of eight landed not in front of the bus stop, but was thrown diagonally forward.
She lay sprawled about a metre from the bus stop along Victoria Street.
But the SBS Transit service 32 bus did not stop and it continued on its journey, despite the shouting from people at the bus stop.
The impact of the fall was so great that Madam Yeo's right hip bone was badly fractured.
She had to undergo a hip replacement operation last Tuesday, two days after the incident that occurred at around 2.35pm on March 4.
It happened at the first bus stop after the junction of Victoria Street and Rochor Road.
Madam Yeo told The New Paper from her hospital bed yesterday that she had been standing at the door in the middle of the bus and was the last to alight. There were two passengers ahead of her.
"I had one foot on the bus and hadn't yet put my other foot onto the ground when the bus moved," she said in Hokkien.
She said the bus doors swung and hit her back as they closed shut and the forward momentum of the bus as it was moving caused her to be flung to the right.
She could not recall if she screamed.
What she could remember was the agony she was in at the time.
"The pain was so excruciating that I couldn't even make any sound," she said.
|She felt bus doors slamming against her back
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She didn't know that her right hip bone was shattered. There was no blood and she had only scratches and bruises on her arms.
"But my right leg hurt so badly that it was shaking uncontrollably," she said.
As she was unable to move on her own, a passer-by carried her and placed her on a bench at the bus stop.
Other people at the bus stop had to support her body as it had gone limp.