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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Woman dies after being knocked down and trapped under school bus in Hong Kong primary school

  • Incident is city’s third road fatality in three days
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2019, 2:38pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2019, 11:58pm

A 73-year-old driver was arrested on Wednesday after a woman was knocked down and killed by a school bus at St Paul’s Co-educational College Primary School in Hong Kong.

The incident – the city’s third road fatality in three days – happened inside the school off Nam Fung Path in Wong Chung Hang at 12.35pm, according to police.

The male driver was detained on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. As of 5pm he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

“Initial investigations showed the woman was hit and then became trapped under the school bus,” a police spokesman said.

The victim, 63, was later certified dead at the scene.

The spokesman said the driver passed a breathalyser test. The bus had been reversing when the accident happened.

Driver killed, 16 passengers injured after green minibus flips onto side

On Monday, two other fatal accidents happened in Sha Tin and Kwun Tong in a period of 12 hours.

A minibus driver was killed and his 16 passengers injured after the vehicle flipped onto its side on Shing Mun Tunnel Road at 8.30am.

About 12 hours later, a 12-year-old boy was killed after a KMB double-decker bus ran over him in Kwun Tong.

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The three cases were among six fatal traffic accidents that took place in the city this month. The other three accidents happened in Tai Po on January 2, Wong Tai Sin on January 5 and Tsuen Wan on January 10.

Police figures show 118 people died in 99 road accidents in the first 11 months of 2018, including a Tai Po bus crash in February which killed 19 and injured more than 60. In the whole of 2017, 108 people died in 104 traffic accidents.