Minor injuries as bus collides with taxi and private car

Local | Cindy Wan 25 Mar 2019

A Citybus double-decker yesterday slammed into a footbridge after colliding with a taxi and private car near the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan.

Three drivers and a bus passenger sustained minor injuries and were taken to Queen Mary Hospital while conscious. They were all released after treatment.

In the incident at about 7am yesterday, a seven-seater private car was traveling towards Kennedy Town on Connaught Road near Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan. When it tried to make a right turn on to Chung King Road, the driver reportedly ignored the traffic light and hit the route 113 Citybus, which was traveling in the opposite direction.

The car then rammed into a taxi that was going towards Kennedy Town along Connaught Road at the intersection.

Despite being struck on the front, the bus continued on and jumped on to the pedestrian pavement, where it tore down two minibus and two bus stop signs. The bus came to a halt after ramming into the staircase of a footbridge.

The collision severely damaged the front of the bus, leaving the road strewn with pieces of the windshield.

The 58-year-old bus driver surnamed Wong, 60-year-old car driver surnamed To, and 64-year-old taxi driver surnamed Wong all passed a breathalyzer test.

All of them suffered injuries to the waist, while To also sustained chest injuries and Wong injured his neck and hands.

A 68-year-old bus passenger, surnamed Mak, sustained injuries to his hands and legs.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, and no one has been arrested so far.

As the pillar and ceiling of the footbridge's staircase were destroyed in the accident, it has been closed for maintenance.

Route 113 Citybus double-deckers provide a cross-harbor service between Kennedy Town and Choi Hung.

According to the bus operator, the driver was recruited in 1998, and the accident occurred during his first run yesterday to Choi Hung.

Only three passengers were on the bus when the accident happened.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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