Boy hurt as bag is caught in door of school bus

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2007, 12:00am

A 10-year-old primary school pupil was dragged for about four metres when his bag was trapped in the door of private school minivan in North Point yesterday.

The Primary Four student of Raimondi College was leaving the 12-seat minivan in Tsat Tsz Mui Road near Healthy Street West when the accident happened at about 3.20pm, according to police.

'His schoolbag was trapped by the door. The boy was dragged along the roadway as the vehicle drove off,' a police officer said. 'The driver braked after hearing the boy's shouts for help. The student was dragged for about four metres.'

The boy suffered abrasions to his legs and forehead, police said. He was taken to Eastern Hospital and was in a stable condition last night.

The driver, 34, was allowed to leave a Sai Wan Ho police station after giving a statement.

The vehicle was towed to a government vehicle plant in Quarry Bay for examination. Police said initial investigations showed there was no nanny in the vehicle. Officers from Hong Kong Island traffic unit are investigating the case.

On January 8 a six-year-old girl was killed when her coat was caught in the door of a minibus that drove off and dragged her for 12 metres in Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, when she and her mother were on their way to Heep Woh Primary School. The driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

Licensing conditions for school private buses with 16 seats or less do not require that a nanny be on board if it is carrying primary or secondary students. But a nanny must be on board when kindergarten pupils are being carried.

A Transport Department spokesman said officials were now consulting schools and the operators of private school buses to see whether it should be mandatory to have a nanny accompany primary and secondary pupils as well.