Fifty-four people were injured - nine of them seriously - when a tourist coach crashed down a six-metre slope in Yuen Long yesterday. The accident took place near the junction of Lam Kam Road and Kam Sheung Road in Pat Heung. The bus, carrying 51 passengers on a day trip, careened 60 metres along the roadside, wiping out a series of signs, before plunging down the embankment. The driver and two bystanders also needed treatment. The accident came an hour after a separate crash involving two Citybus double-deckers in Sheung Wan, injuring 16 (see page 3). The Yuen Long crash involved some of about 300 day-trippers, mostly elderly people, who paid up to $118 each to join the trip organised by the Federation of Hongkong and Kowloon Labour Unions. The organisers' spokesman Poon Siu-ping said the charge had included insurance fees. A convoy of six coaches set out at 8 am. At 3.40 pm, the buses were on their way to the last stop, a flea market at Yuen Long. The driver of the fifth coach, owned by Fung Choi Travel, suddenly lost control of his vehicle which skidded across the pavement and down a slope. One passenger, who was sitting at the back, said: 'Everything seemed to be collapsing. The seats were torn up and we fell down the hill. I was crushed by others and could not move.' New Territories North Traffic Investigation Unit Superintendent Lam Chark-sang said: 'The driver told us that he found the brake of the coach was not working. 'He said he had tried to stop by running the bus into the bushes by the roadside.' The driver, Lee Wai-man, 32, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital with slight injuries. Twenty-three of the injured were admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital and four to the Prince of Wales Hospital. Three are critical and 14 in poor condition. Another 26 were discharged after treatment.