Two fight for their lives after minibus crash

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 January, 2012, 12:00am


Two people were in critical condition in hospital last night after a minibus crashed into a bus stop in Kwun Tong.

Parts of the shelter's metal roof smashed through the windscreen and into passenger seats in the accident in Kwun Tong Road at about 2pm, in one of two serious minibus crashes yesterday that left more than 20 people injured.

One of the injured said the minibus had not been speeding at the time of the accident. Police officers and firefighters offered first aid, and a crane was used to remove the wreckage from the scene about two hours after the crash.

The accident caused chaos in surrounding streets as two lanes were closed to traffic while the site was cleared.

The injured - the driver, seven passengers and two pedestrians - were taken to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Two of the injured were said to be in a critical condition last night, while the driver, 67, a passenger and one pedestrian were in 'serious condition'. Others were discharged from hospital.

In the other accident, a green minibus linking the Tsuen Wan MTR station with Tsing Lung Tau ran into the back of a KMB bus in Castle Peak Road. Reports said 12 minibus passengers were injured and taken to Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan for treatment.

Transport Department figures show that about 40 traffic accidents happen every day on average, typically causing 50 injuries.

Although accident rates have remained steady for the past 10 years, complaints about poor driving by bus, minibus and taxi drivers have prompted calls for a crackdown.

Statistics for 2008 show that one in every 20 accidents involved one of the city's 4,250 minibuses, which represent just 0.76 per cent of the vehicles on city's roads.

Critics say action against bad driving by public transport drivers is essential if the government's goal of further reducing traffic accidents is to be accomplished.