Explosive tyre blowout injures seven

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 12:00am

Seven women - including three mainland visitors - were hurt when the rear tyre of a truck blew out in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday, spraying them with road gravel and sand. Witnesses said it sounded like an explosion.

The accident happened when the 30-tonne truck, loaded with steel pipes, was turning left into Carnarvon Road from Humphreys Avenue at 5.30pm.

The seven women were treated for leg injuries.

Several people in the area called police, saying they heard a bang which they thought was an explosion, a police spokeswoman said.

'There was a cloud of dust near the truck after a loud bang. I first thought it was an explosion. People ran off and rushed into nearby shops,' one woman said.

A male pharmacy employee was startled by the explosion and when he went outside to see what happened, he noticed the injured women.

Police said the truck had been towed to a government vehicle pound and would be checked to see if it had been overloaded.