At least 10 people were hurt in a traffic accident on Monday morning when an out-of-control taxi crashed into a crossing. The smash, which police thought could have been caused by a brake fault, happened in Aberdeen, on the south of Hong Kong Island, at about 9.10am. Tang Chi-lap, an inspector with the police’s Special Investigation Team, said the 70-year-old taxi driver had been carrying four passengers to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam when the accident happened. The taxi travelled downhill along Aberdeen Reservoir Road before hitting the traffic island at the junction with Aberdeen Main Road. “The driver alleged the braking system was out of order and he lost control of the taxi. It rushed down the slope and hit the railing,” Tang said. Photos taken at the scene showed two people lying on the ground at a crossing, with blood on the pavement. Metal railings surrounding parts of the crossing appeared to have been mangled. Investigators seeking answers over final moments of dead helicopter pilot Two ambulances were sent to the site, the force said. The three men and seven women injured, aged between 19 and 76, included the taxi driver and his four passengers. The others were pedestrians. All were conscious after the accident and were sent to Queen Mary Hospital. By the afternoon, two elderly victims were in intensive care, one with a head injury and the other with a broken arm. Yu Wei, who worked at a butcher’s shop on the corner of Lok Yeung Street and Aberdeen Main Road, said he saw four people lying on the ground after he heard a loud crash and turned to look. “There were screams and I saw a lot of blood. There was a woman lying on the ground, completely motionless,” he said. Yip Kai-wai was at the 7-Eleven across from the crash site. He heard a loud bang and went out to see what happened. “I saw the driver sitting outside 7-Eleven. He had hurt his head and medical staff were treating him,” he said. Yip had heard an unhurt passenger, a young woman, talking to police about what happened and saying she thought the crash happened because of a faulty brake. Police said the driver, who had been driving taxis for almost 40 years, was on a morning shift and started work at 5am. At 12.30pm, two women were in critical condition and one woman was in serious condition. The remaining three men and four women were in stable or satisfactory condition. Lawmaker Au Nok-hin, also a Southern district councillor, said the traffic island should be removed from the busy junction because it posed a safety concern to users. “The safety island is designed for those who are waiting to cross. An accident [such as Monday’s] could lead to a lot of casualties,” the pro-democracy lawmaker said. He said the related authorities should reassess road safety at the junction and consider whether more traffic signs urging motorists to slow down were needed. District councillors would visit the site on Tuesday morning with transport officials to see what safety measures should be introduced at the junction, Au added.