KMB driver held in Kowloon City crash

Local | Maisy Mok 23 Apr 2021

A Kowloon Motor Bus driver was arrested yesterday after seriously injuring a construction worker before crashing into another bus and plowing through a construction site in Kowloon City.

The 63-year-old driver was held for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. He was released on bail and must report to the police next month.

The accident occurred at around 6.52am yesterday when the driver of a double-decker bus running between Kowloon City ferry pier bus terminus and Mei Foo bus terminus lost control soon after leaving the station.

He first allegedly knocked down a 49-year-old Nepalese construction worker crossing San Ma Tau Street. The bus did not stop after the accident and collided into a route 41 bus running between Tsing Yi's Cheung Ching Estate and the Kowloon City terminus.

The bus then crashed into a construction site, knocking down water-filled road barriers in its path.

It finally stopped after ramming into flower troughs on the pedestrian pavement along San Ma Tau Street, a few meters from the construction site.

The driver was trapped behind the wheel and had to be rescued by firefighters. No passengers on the two buses were hurt.

Police said the bus driver was driving toward To Kwa Wan Road, but failed to slow down in time due to equipment failure and hit a man who was crossing the road.

The construction worker sustained injuries to his leg and pelvis. He was conscious when sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei and remained hospitalized in serious condition last night.

The bus driver was not injured, and his breathalyzer test came in at zero.

A pool of blood remained where the construction worker was hit. The Nepalese man has a Hong Kong identity card and works in a construction site near the Kowloon City pier bus terminus, where he was headed at the time of the accident.

"KMB is concerned about this accident, we have sent staffers to express hope to the injured and his relatives that he will be all right. We will assist in the police investigation," a spokesman said.

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