Nine Hong Kong tourists still in hospital after wooden bridge collapses in Jiangxi
Victims hurt during trip to Dujuan Mountain are in stable condition
Nine Hongkongers on a tour in Jiangxi province were still in hospital after being injured when a wooden bridge at tourist spot Dujuan Mountain suddenly collapsed on Saturday.
The Hong Kong Immigration Department said the injured tourists were conscious and in stable condition.
Local media reported on Saturday that a bridge located at a ticket checkpoint at Dujuan Mountain, part of the Jinggangshan range, suddenly fell apart at about 4pm.
Pictures showed that people fell into the river three metres below the bridge.
More than 10 visitors were injured and rushed to Jinggangshan People’s Hospital for medical treatment. “There were around 20 Hongkongers at the scene. Some had minor injuries while others were taken to hospitals for medical treatment,” a source close to the matter said.
The Hong Kong Immigration Department said in a statement that it had reached out to family members of the injured people to provide assistance and that immigration officers from its Beijing and Guangdong offices had visited the injured tourists in hospital.
“The department will stay in contact with the families and travel agency and monitor the situation closely,” it said.
Meanwhile, the source said the tourists were part of a big tour group led by Cheng Chun-wo, the Tai Po district councillor who represents Tai Wo constituency.
“The councillor was taking a group of 300 to visit the Jinggang Mountains. It is unclear why 20 of them were at the accident spot,” the source continued.
Cheng’s elder brother, Cheng Chun-ping, a Tai Po district councillor representing Tai Yuen constituency, told online media outlet HK01 that his younger sibling took 300 people from the district on a four-day tour to Jinggangshan last Friday. The younger Cheng has been with the injured tour group members since their hospitalisation.
The rest of the group will return to Hong Kong today.
Dujuan Mountain, whose peak is more than 1,300 metres above sea level, is a famous tourist spot, drawing many visitors particularly in April and May, the time when the dujuan flower blooms.