THOSE involved in last night's tragedy told of a horrifying few minutes in which they and their friends were trapped in a sea of people. Mr Michael Howard, 24, who sustained scratches, said at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital that a few minutes after New Year, a man in front of him slipped and those behind just piled on him. Ms Stephanie Pechholz, a 17-year-old German, said people were pushing 'really hard' but she managed to step aside to a restaurant. Mr Andrew Bell recounted that five minutes after midnight people were beginning to leave Lan Kwai Fong. There was a surge of people from each of the three roads approaching the junction outside the California restaurant, he said. He said most people were well-behaved but the crowd started to sway alarmingly, and 'people got knocked down'. He said there were three policemen standing on one side but they were unable to do anything to control what was happening. One woman who fell in the surge and was pulled out. One of the policemen said: 'You're one of the lucky ones'. Some complained that the police had taken too long to respond, but one witness said there was no way to anticipate what had happened and that there was no way the police could have controlled the crowd. Early this morning, people were still arriving at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital, which had admitted at least 35 people, mostly Chinese. Some of the people travelled to the hospital by taxis. Doctors said the most seriously injured admitted to the hospital sustained fractured bones. Governor Mr Chris Patten and legislator Dr Leong Che-hung went to visit the injured at Queen Mary Hospital. Anxious relatives and friends crowded the casualty ward. Many of them, distraught and concerned broke down and cried.