Guilin crash survivor pleads for orphans
A Hong Kong man seriously injured in a Guilin bus crash appealed yesterday for community help for two boys left orphaned by the accident.
Cheung Chi-kin made his plea in Guilin People's Hospital, where he is being treated after breaking his neck and spine. He is waiting for a brace to be sent from Hong Kong before he can be moved home.
He expected to remain in Guilin for about a week but said he felt lucky that he and his three family members had survived.
Mr Cheung said he was saddened by the deaths of Hong Kong couple Choi Yam-hung, 43, and Hui Ping, 34, in Friday's accident.
'I know the couple had two kids. I hope that people can all do more to help them,' he said.
The couple's sons, Ching-hin, nine, and Man-hin, eight, remain in hospital with head injuries. They have not been told their parents are dead. Their grandparents, who arrived in Guilin from Shanghai on Saturday, are applying for a visa to stay in Hong Kong to take care of them.
Eight Hong Kong tourists injured in the accident remained in the Guilin hospital, with three in a serious condition, according to Miramar Express, the travel agent that organised the tour.
The accident, which happened when the bus plunged four metres off a bridge after overturning on a hairpin bend in Longsheng county, left 19 people injured.
Of the seven people, including a worker from Miramar Express, who returned to Hong Kong on Saturday, six have been discharged from Princess Margaret Hospital.
In Beijing, death certificates have been issued for Hong Kong residents Lam Kwok-kwan, 43, and his eldest son, Wai-tung, 12, who were killed in a collision between a tour bus and a truck on Friday.