A 72-year-old woman lay fatally injured beneath a collapsed newsstand for 15 minutes without anyone, including two policemen, noticing she was there, after a roadside traffic accident in Shau Kei Wan yesterday. Chiu Kam-wah died 2.5 hours after being taken to Eastern Hospital. The beat officers at the scene had even telephoned for ambulances for the driver and another elderly woman also injured without being aware Chiu was lying under the wreckage. The newsstand fell on top of her at about 6.30am after it was struck by a taxi that had swerved to avoid another elderly pedestrian crossing the road. The taxi driver told police he had taken evasive action to miss a 70-year-old woman who was crossing Shau Kei Wan Road at about 6.30am. The vehicle mounted the pavement and smashed into the stand, which then collapsed on top of passer-by Chiu. The other woman suffered minor injuries to her right leg after being struck by the taxi before it hit the stand. Chiu was only discovered when an officer from Hong Kong Island traffic unit arrived and found her lying beneath the wooden boards. The taxi driver was slightly injured. The 70-year-old woman received medical treatment at the scene after refusing to go to hospital. Chai Wan divisional commander Superintendent Mark Medwecki said an investigation had been launched into the delay in finding Ms Chiu. He said disciplinary action would be taken against the two beat policemen if it was proved they had been negligent. A police source said the officers had been unaware Chiu was buried beneath the debris because the taxi driver told them nobody else had been injured and she was hidden from view. In a separate case, a male passenger was thrown on to the road and his driver was trapped when their vehicle veered to avoid another car and ploughed into the central divider in Princess Margaret Road, near the junction of Wylie Road, Ho Man Tin. The driver had to be freed by firefighters. The 21-year-old passenger was in a serious condition and the driver was in a critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital last night.