A minibus driver and eight of his passengers were injured when the bus slammed into the back of a van that had suddenly changed lanes, crashed into a barrier and rolled on its side on a highway in Sheung Shui just after midnight yesterday.
The full 16-seater 616S green minibus was travelling from Mong Kok to Lok Ma Chau along the Fanling Highway, near Wo Hop Shek, when the accident happened at about 12.15am.
The 48-year-old driver and eight of his passengers - all of them men, aged between 24 and 62 - sustained minor injuries and were taken to North District Hospital and Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital. All of them were later discharged. The van driver was unhurt.
Police said a van, which also headed for Lok Ma Chau, suddenly changed lanes from right to left after overtaking the minibus. But the minibus driver could not slow down in time and rammed into the back of the van before the bus crashed into the road barrier and flipped on its side.
One of the minibus passengers, who was unhurt and had been sleeping just before the crash, said: "There was a big bang all of a sudden. The minibus was flung to the side of the highway and flipped over. Thank God all the passengers were wearing seat belts - otherwise it could have been much worse."
Both drivers passed a breath test, police said.