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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Woman seriously injured after minibus hits her and young grandson outside Hong Kong apartment block

The boy, 8, suffered minor leg injuries but no one else on the minibus, used as a school bus, was hurt in the accident

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:48pm

A school bus driver was arrested for dangerous driving after his vehicle knocked down a 63-year-old woman and her eight-year-old grandson in Hong Kong on Monday.

The woman had head injuries and was in a semi-conscious state after being hit by the minibus, which was used as a school bus, in Causeway Bay. She was taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, where she was in serious condition.

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Her grandson was not seriously injured and was treated for minor leg injuries at Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai. No one from the school bus was injured in the accident.

The school bus was travelling uphill along Tai Hang Road when the accident occurred outside Grand Deco Tower at about 7.15am.

The boy and his grandmother were lying on the road in front of the school bus before emergency personnel arrived.

A police spokeswoman said the woman was semi-conscious as she was carried into the ambulance.

It is understood police were investigating whether the pair were jaywalking at the time of the accident.

The school bus driver, 57, was given a breathalyser test at the scene and while the reading showed he had consumed alcohol, his blood alcohol content was below the legal limit, police said.

Police arrested him on suspicion of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. He was held for questioning and had not been charged.

Officers from the Hong Kong Island traffic unit were handling the case.

In the first 10 months of this year, police handled nearly 13,000 road traffic accidents in which 88 people died and more than 16,000 people were injured.