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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Seven injured as bus smashes into Hong Kong walkway

Private-hire open-top bus was part of an HSBC community event

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 November, 2017, 7:22pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 November, 2017, 7:22pm

Seven people, including two children, were hurt when their private-hire open-top bus crashed into a pedestrian footbridge on a busy North Point thoroughfare on Sunday afternoon.

The double-decker, operated by Citybus, was carrying a group of volunteers taking part in a community event organised by local bank HSBC.

According to police, the bus was making a right turn onto King’s Road from Tin Chiu Street at about 2pm when the top of it slammed into the bottom of the footbridge’s steps.

The walkway links the Healthy Gardens estate to a tram stop and the eastbound side of King’s Road.

Images from the scene showed the top-left corner of the bus caved in and glass shattered across the upper deck.

Afterwards part of King’s Road running eastbound near the crash site was closed to vehicles, disrupting traffic for a while.

Five adults and two children suffered minor injuries in the collision and were sent to Eastern Hospital, police said. The bus driver, who was unharmed, passed a breathalyser test.

By Sunday evening, police were still investigating what happened. Citybus said the male driver, who joined the company in 2012, had been temporarily suspended from duties.

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“The company will cooperate with the police in its investigation,” a spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for HSBC said the bank was helping those hurt in the incident.

“We are offering what assistance we can and we hope the injured staff and families can recover soon,” she said.

The company’s Hong Kong Community Festival, which opened yesterday, aims to “inspire district- based community initiatives to foster a more inclusive society”.

The bus was hired for an all-day road trip to promote the programme. It made stops in Central, Kowloon City and North Point and was en route to Sau Mau Ping when the crash happened.