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Hong Kong bus pile-up leaves 70 people injured

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Source: SCMP/TVB.com/Appledaily

 

 

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Seventy people were injured on Wednesday night in a three-vehicle pile up on the Yuen Long Highway near Pok Oi Interchange. Southbound traffic was seriously jammed after buses from Kowloon Motor Bus and Citybus and a green minibus collided with each other.

 

 

The route 44 minibus was ahead of the KMB and Citybus double deckers when they piled up. One female passenger was briefly stranded in the upper deck of the Citybus route 967X before being freed. Scores of injured people, the majority of them bus passengers, sat on the ground to await assistance from the rescuers. Though most sustained minor injuries, one woman who was freed from the Citybus sustained fractures to both her legs.

 

All of the injured were conscious when they were being sent to hospitals, including Pok Oi, Tuen Mun, North District, Yan Chai and Princess Margaret. The authorities closed down the southbound lanes after the crash and queues of traffic tailed back northward for 4km to Fairview Park.

 

A passenger from the KMB bus route 265M said: “It was chaotic inside the cabin. There was smoke, the smell of burning and broken glass flying everywhere. And people were rushing to get out.” The congestion was cleared up by about 9pm, when the involved vehicles were removed. Police said the minibus and bus drivers passed breathalyser tests. They were investigating.

 

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I know I have said this a millions times already. But the HK Public Transportation Authority needs to establish some rules with regards to driving public transportation. As there has been a steady increase of traffic accidents involving public transportation on the roads in HK. It seems that everytime I check the news in HK there is a traffic accident involving a bus or a taxi.

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Why don't we have 'black boxes' monitoring the driving style of these public transport drivers. Public safety is paramount or is Transport Department asleep at the wheel.

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that is a pretty serious accident. people in hk drive pretty fast on the road especially at the night time. hopefully people recovered soon.

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