20 injured after airport bus rams into back of broken-down truck

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 May, 2011, 12:00am

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Twenty people were injured last night in a crash involving an airport bus and a truck.

The driver of the double-decker on route E22 was trapped inside the bus for two hours before he was freed. The crash happened at a roundabout on Chek Lap Kok South Road at about 9pm when the bus was travelling towards Tung Chung.

Initial police investigations revealed the truck had broken down and was stationary.

Witnesses said the bus rammed into the back of the truck. One said: 'I heard a very loud bang and all the lights on the bus were off. I did not feel the bus had tried to stop.'

Another said the impact caused some passengers to fall onto the floor of the bus. The front of the bus was seriously damaged, including the front passenger seats.

Two of the injured were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, four to Princess Margaret Hospital and the remaining 14 to Yan Chai Hospital.

Firemen cut open the bus door to free the driver. He remained conscious and was taken to hospital.

Early today, Queen Elizabeth Hospital said the two passengers it treated were a woman, 42, who was stable and a man, 24, who was in a serious condition.

All 14 patients in Yan Chai Hospital were in a stable condition.

Of the four patients in Princess Margaret Hospital, one was critical and three were stable.

Citybus's E22 route runs between Lam Tin (North) and AsiaWorld-Expo at the airport.