4 hurt by shattering bus window

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2006, 12:00am

A trip to Ocean Park yesterday came to an abrupt end for four mainland visitors who were injured by glass shards when the windscreen of the bus they were travelling in shattered.

They were treated at Caritas Medical Centre and discharged.

The passengers - a man, 33, his six-year-old daughter and two women, aged 30 and 34 - were sitting in the first two rows on the upper deck of the No 962 Citybus when the accident happened at about 10am.

At the time, the bus was travelling in the Kowloon-bound lane of Tsing Kwai Highway, outside the No1 container terminal in Kwai Chung, police said.

As it passed under a flyover, the driver heard a bang and the passengers began screaming.

'He went to the upper deck to check and found a 50cm by 37cm hole in the front windscreen,' a Citybus spokeswoman said.

'It is possible that something fell down from the flyover and smashed into the windscreen. At this stage, there is no indication that the windscreen was broken by the force of the wind.'

Senior Inspector Luk Tung-to, of the New Territories South traffic unit, said it was unclear what had smashed the window.

Police said the four mainland visitors sustained minor injuries to their arms and legs.

The rest of the 90 passengers continued their journey in another bus.