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18 injured in Sha Tin crash of two double-decker buses

New World First Bus driver runs into the rear of a KMB vehicle that has stopped at red lights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 3:23pm
UPDATED : Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:03am

Eighteen people were injured, three seriously, when a double-decker struck another in Sha Tin on Thursday afternoon.

The 11 women and seven men are being treated for their injuries in Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

The Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) double-decker and the New World First Bus vehicle were travelling on Tate’s Cairn Highway when the crash happened at about 12.10pm.

The KMB vehicle first stopped at a red light at the junction of Tate’s Cairn Highway and Sha Tin Wai Road, according to police.

The First Bus vehicle failed to brake in time and slammed into the back of the Kowloon Motor Bus
Police Inspector Chan Hung-yiu

“But the First Bus vehicle failed to brake in time and slammed into the back of the Kowloon Motor Bus vehicle,” Senior Inspector Chan Hung-yiu of the New Territories South traffic unit said.

The KMB driver and 17 passengers from the two buses were injured. Police said the New World First Bus driver was unhurt.

Chan said three of the victims suffered severe injuries and the others were slightly injured.

Paramedics treated victims at the scene before the injured were taken to hospital.

Chan said the site was not a traffic black spot.

“We will interview the First Bus driver to find out why he failed to brake in time,” he said. Chan said police would also talk to passengers to learn more about the driver’s behaviour during the journey.

The New World bus will be towed to a government facility to test whether it has any mechanical faults.

Police from the New Territories South traffic unit are investigating the accident.

Some of Hong Kong's worst recent road accidents

April 2013: Sixteen people were injured when the driver of a concrete mixer lost control on a road in Lam Tin and the truck hit six other vehicles before it rolled on its side and came to a stop.

November 2012: A bus driver collapsed at the wheel causing the vehicle to careen down a hill and create a three-vehicle pile-up that crushed to death three people in taxi dead and left 56 injured.

January 2009: Six people were killed when a container truck and a taxi full of construction workers collided near the Lok Ma Chau border crossing.

May 2008: Nineteen people died and 43 were injured when a bus, carrying worshippers to a monthly gathering of a religious sect, sped out of control, flipped on its side, and rammed into a noise barrier at a Sai Kung roundabout.

January 1998: Three people, including a married couple, were killed when a double-decker bus crashed on a Wan Chai flyover, hurling passengers over railings and on to a road 10 metres below.

August 1984: Three people were killed in a chain-collision road smash-up in Western when a lorry went out of control down a steep slope.



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Judging from the number and frequency of serious road traffic accidents involving buses, PLBs and taxis in Hong Kong, it seems that these so-called professional drivers are becoming increasingly reckless. Hong Kong drivers have always been aggressive and reluctant to slow down or give-way to vehicles wanting to switch lanes but I have observed drivers of public service vehicles to be particularly aggressive if not completely dangerous. I don't have the answers but I would like to see the HK Police, and Transport Department come up with more creative strategies to curb the problem through a mix of better driver education, enforcement, penalties and use of technology to prevent and detect speeding and other traffic offences.


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