HSBC staff taken to hospital after gas leak

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 12:00am


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About 35 HSBC employees were taken to hospital yesterday after their branch in Ma Tau Wai was hit by a gas leak.

Around 40 staff and 50 customers were evacuated from the branch in Ma Tau Wai Road at about 11am.

The road was cordoned off as firefighters sought the source of the leak. Two teams of officers equipped with breathing apparatus were put on standby.

A spokesman for Towngas said the leak had occurred in an underground pipe in front of the cash machines on the footpath outside the bank.

Repairs were completed at about 3pm, but the cause of the leak was still under investigation.

Some 35 bank employees - 30 women and five men - complained of feeling unwell after inhaling the gas. They were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where 32 were treated and discharged. Two women remained in hospital last night, one stable and one satisfactory.