Prince Edward MTR chaos muddied wounded count, ambulancemen say

Local | 10 Sep 2019 2:22 pm

At a live briefing today, senior assistant chief ambulance officer, Lo Shun-tong, explained why the 10 casualties the Fire Services Department initially reported at the Prince Edward MTR station was later revised down to seven, RTHK reports.
Lo said it was difficult to count the injured because the situation was chaotic, people were moving around the station, and it was hard to tell them apart because they were all dressed alike.
"The ambulance incident officer tried to assess the number of injured persons, but found that they were at different locations of the platform, which also changed from time to time, making it rather difficult to conduct a headcount. After preliminary checking, the ambulance incident officer estimated that there were 10 injured persons at the scene," Lo said.
But Lo said that after backup personnel arrived at the station, they gathered those injured together in one spot for treatment and another headcount was carried out.
"The incident officer once again re-counted the number of injuries and confirmed there were a total of seven who needed to be hospitalized. Thus, once again he updated the number of injuries to the communications control center. Three of them were severely injured, two of them had normal injuries, and two were lightly injured," he said.
The ambulance chief explained again how the seven were later taken by train to Lai Chi Kok where they were transferred to ambulances to be taken to hospital.

The Police, fire, hospital and MTR officials held a rare joint press conference today, producing stills from CCTV and a timeline of events to try once again to dispel persisent rumors that three protesters were beaten to death by police at Prince Edward Station on August 31.


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