Boy, 3, dies after bus runs over him at funeral

Boy, 3, dies after bus runs over him at funeral
Police investigators at the scene of the accident where a private bus that had ferried 3½-year-old Kryshan Nirmal Kumar and his family to Choa Chu Kang cemetery ran over him on 22 December 2013.

SINGAPORE- When pre-school teacher Jayshri Ramasamy went to the Choa Chu Kang cemetery on Sunday for a relative's funeral, little did she know that a cruel twist of fate would bring her back to the same place the next day.

The 30-year-old had taken her two young sons, aged five and 3½ years old, to the funeral of her younger sister's father-in-law.

The three of them had just alighted at the Christian cemetery at about 4.15pm from a private bus that had ferried them there. Ms Jayshri was holding both of her boys' hands when the shoelaces of her older son Asavin came undone.

She had just let go of her younger son Kryshan momentarily to help Asavin redo his laces when tragedy struck.

According to eyewitnesses, the bus seemed to have reversed and pinned Kryshan under its front left wheel.

"We were about to take out the coffin from the hearse when we heard a loud thud," said Kryshan's uncle, who wanted to be known only as Mr Siva.

"Everyone was screaming and the bus driver was sitting on the steps of the bus with his hands on his head. That's when we realised that it was our nephew."

The boy was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Yesterday at 6pm, just over 24 hours after she had arrived to send off her relative, Ms Jayshri returned to Choa Chu Kang - this time to the Hindu cemetery - to bury her younger son in front of at least a hundred sobbing friends and relatives.

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