Bus driver's boss: Call for help got cut off

Bus driver's boss: Call for help got cut off
The insides of the bus in the aftermath of Sunday's riot. The crowd outside flung a number of objects at the bus, including glass bottles, concrete slabs and drain grills.

SINGAPORE- His bus had just got into an accident that left one man dead in Little India on Sunday night.

When the driver, Mr Lee Kim Huat, 55, got down to check, he was assaulted by a mob.

He managed to get back into the bus and call his employer, Mr Ben Tan, 46, to tell him what had happened.

In an interview with Shin Min Daily News yesterday, Mr Tan said the call was cut off before he could reply. Subsequent calls to Mr Lee went unanswered.

Meanwhile, a good Samaritan pushed Mr Lee's colleague, bus coordinator Grace Wong Geck Woon, 38, into the bus and Mr Lee locked the doors.

But this agitated the mob even more and they started shaking the bus to try to topple it.

After the men broke the glass windows by hurling objects at the bus, the mob tried to set fire to its fuel tank.

Mr Lee and Madam Wong, who were still in the bus at the time, were eventually rescued by police officers who formed a human barricade around them.

As the crowd continued hurling objects at them, some officers were injured.

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