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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Elderly woman killed and four injured after bus and taxi collide in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Incident occurred during the morning rush hour at the junction of Nathan Road and Mody Road, with taxi driver arrested and held for questioning

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 10:08am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 10:36pm

An elderly woman was killed and four people were injured after a collision between a bus and a taxi in a busy Hong Kong district on Thursday during the morning rush hour.

Police received a report at 8.14am on the incident in Tsim Sha Tsui, at the junction of Nathan Road and Mody Road.

They arrested the driver for dangerous driving causing death but at 6pm, said they were still holding him for questioning and he had not yet been charged.

Officers were investigating if the taxi was making an illegal left turn from the outer lane – or right side – of Nathan Road into Mody Road before the crash with the KMB double-decker occurred.

Senior Inspector Yu Hoi-fung of Kowloon West traffic unit said initial information showed the taxi should have only travelled straight ahead on the stretch of road.

He said the bus on route 87D from Hung Hom to Ma On Shan was on the inner – or left – side of the two-lane road.

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“At the time, [a 70-year-old female passenger] was standing on the lower deck of the bus and she fell on the floor in the vehicle,” Yu said.

She was sent unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was later certified dead.

Yu said no obvious injuries were found on the woman and the cause of the death had not been established, adding that an autopsy would be conducted.

He said another two female passengers – aged 48 and 56 – on the lower bus deck also fell and were slightly hurt. The bus driver, 51, and the taxi driver, 68, were injured.

All four were also sent to Queen Elizabeth for treatment.

Police said the two drivers passed a breathalyser test.

The force of the impact from the bus drove the taxi into railings and mowed down a traffic sign on a pavement.

Yu said officers would investigate all factors before coming to a conclusion on the cause of the crash.

Police also appealed witnesses to contact officers on 3661 9000 or 3661 9058.