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Hong Kong minibus hits two double-deckers on congested road, leaving 26 injured

Cause under investigation as all three drivers hospitalised, with minibus driver in critical condition

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 October, 2017, 9:19pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 4:21pm

Twenty-six people were injured in a crash involving a green minibus and two double-deckers on Tai Tam Road in Chai Wan.

The minibus on route 16X was heading towards Chai Wan MTR from Stanley when it hit the tail of a New World First Bus double-decker on route 14 at about 3.40pm Sunday. The minibus then collided head on with another double-decker on route 9 of the same bus company travelling on the other side of the two-lane road near Shan Tsui Court.

The driver cabin of the minibus was badly damaged in the collision, trapping the driver, 58.

Firefighters took about 90 minutes to free him, who was conscious when he was sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on a stretcher. On Sunday night, the man was in critical condition.

The injured included several children and the two bus drivers. All who were hurt were treated at the scene. A medical team from Pamela Youde was deployed to provide roadside treatment. Some were taken to its hospital as well as to Ruttonjee and Queen Mary hospitals.

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Several of those taken to hospital were on stretchers. All were in a conscious state.

Police investigators did not identify a cause of the initial crash. They examined the minibus and found several rows of passenger seats had been tilted forward by the impact.

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Vehicles travelling both directions on Tai Tam Road came to a halt. Many commuters stranded on public transport chose to continue their journey by foot.

Southern district councillor Au Nok-hin said installing electronic signboards at nearby road junctions telling motorists the traffic conditions on Tai Tam Road could help solve congestion such as Sunday’s. But he said officials had not favourably received his proposal.