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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong green minibus flips on its side after crash with van, injuring 14

Minibus driver arrested after collision near intersection of Tai Chung Kiu Road and Fotan Road in Sha Tin

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 10:23am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 4:27pm

A total of 14 Hong Kong commuters escaped with minor injuries in an early morning crash between a minibus and a van in Sha Tin on Tuesday.

The minibus driver, 60, the van driver, 73, and 12 minibus passengers – six men and six women, aged 16 to 85 – were hurt when the vehicles collided near the intersection of Tai Chung Kiu Road and Fotan Road, next to Belair Gardens estate.

All of them were taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin and Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po for treatment.

The minibus driver was arrested for dangerous driving and has been released on bail. He must report back to police next month.

The Route 65A green minibus, which was on its way from Wong Nai Tau to Sha Tin New Town Centre, was seen flipped on its right side, with the left side dented. The front of the light goods van was also badly damaged.

The injured passengers sat at the side of the road as they waited for emergency service personnel.

The fire service dispatched at least six ambulances and scores of firefighters to the scene.

Part of the westbound section of Tai Chung Kiu Road towards Tai Wai was temporarily closed to traffic.

One injured passenger told reporters at the scene: “It was chaotic, [but] no one screamed because everyone was asleep.”

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo