Five injured as bus hits shopping mall at Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong

Two pedestrians are knocked down and two others hurt on board as driver reportedly faints

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 August, 2012, 5:59am


Five people were injured, at least one seriously, when a bus mounted a pavement and crashed into a shopping mall in Tsuen Wan early yesterday morning after the driver reportedly fainted at the wheel.

A Long Win Bus double-decker, bound for Tung Chung, was heading along Tai Ho Road at about 8.15am. It failed to turn left at the junction of Sha Tsui Road, going straight ahead and knocking down a 61-year-old woman who was crossing the road.

The bus then ploughed into an entrance of Citywalk shopping arcade, crashing into a fashion shop. Another woman pedestrian, 76, was knocked down.

The bus driver, 51, was reportedly trapped in his seat and had to be freed by firemen. Two of his passengers - a 53-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man - sustained hand and neck injuries.

The front part of the bus was seriously damaged and part of the roof was ripped away.

"The bus was supposed to turn left. But it went straight, hitting a traffic light and then it crashed into the shopping mall," one passenger said.

"All of a sudden, there were pieces of broken glass flying into the compartment."

The injured were taken to Yan Chai Hospital and the 76-year-old woman and the bus driver were later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital. The woman, who sustained head and hand injuries, was said to be in a serious condition.

The driver said he fainted for a very brief moment and lost control of the bus, RTHK reported.

Long Win Bus said he passed a regular health check in May.

In June, there was a fatal crash in Tuen Mun in which the bus driver also fainted at the wheel. In that accident, a woman was killed and five others injured when the bus rammed into a bus queue. The bus driver reportedly had high blood pressure.