Man trapped under minibus in Hong Kong after it mounted pavement

Minibus was running down Tai Pak Tin Street shortly when driver lost control and mounted pavement outside Shek Yam Estate

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 8:01pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 8:16pm

A 60-year-old passer-by was trapped under a minibus and had to be freed by firefighters after the vehicle mounted a pavement and hit him in Kwai Chung on Tuesday.

According to police, the minibus driven by an 81-year-old man was running down Tai Pak Tin Street shortly after 3.30pm when it ran out of control and mounted the pavement outside Shek Yam Estate shopping centre.

“The victim was trapped under the vehicle and freed by firemen,” a police spokeswoman said. “He suffered multiple injuries and was taken conscious to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. The driver was unhurt in the incident.

Separately, a 66-year-old driver felt dizzy at the wheel before he lost control of his coach, which mounted the pavement and hit a road sign and the windows of two shops on Fairview Park Boulevard, Yuen Long at about 1.15pm.

Police said no passers-by or shop staff were injured.

According to police, the driver suffered no obvious injuries but complained of feeling unwell and was taken to Pok Oi Hospital for treatment. Police said he passed a breathalyser test.

In another traffic accident shortly before midday, a four-year-old boy and his foreign domestic helper escaped serious injury when a car reversed into them in Hung Hom.

Police said the 28-year-old driver was reversing into a parking space in Bulkeley Street near the junction with Ming On Street.

The boy suffered minor leg injuries and his maid complained of pain in her hips. The pair were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment.

According to official statistics, 68 people died in 66 fatal traffic accidents across the city in the first seven months of this year. Police figures show 132 people died in 129 traffic accidents last year.