Runaway taxi mows down 9 on footpath

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 November, 2002, 12:00am

Nine pedestrians - members of two families - were injured last night after a taxi mounted the footpath and ploughed into them in Tsim Sha Tsui.

One of the injured, a 67-year-old grandmother, was trapped under the taxi and had to be rescued by firemen. She is in a serious condition.

Another victim, who escaped with minor injuries, said he was walking with his family along Kimberley Road when the taxi came charging at them, knocking people down 'like bowling pins'.

'It came so suddenly and fast that we didn't have time to react,' he said.

Police said the driver, 55, had picked up a couple and their baby at the Miramar Hotel at about 9pm, placing the pram on the front seat. It slid when he drove off and the handle caught his steering wheel, causing him to lose control. The driver, who passed a breath test, also said his brakes malfunctioned.

Eight of the injured, aged from 10 to 73, were admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in serious or stable condition.

Three passengers and a cabin attendant were injured yesterday when a Gulf Air flight from Hong Kong to Bahrain struck heavy turbulence over the Indian subcontinent and had to be diverted to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The attendant was admitted to hospital with a broken leg. The three passengers who suffered minor injuries were met by Gulf Air doctors and continued their flight to Bahrain.

It is believed the Airbus A-340, with 280 passengers and crew, hit turbulence as meals were being served. A spokesman for the SAR government said there had been no request for assistance from Hong Kong residents.