A mother and her daughter who were injured in a bus tire explosion on Sunday night are seeking compensation from bus operator Citybus Ltd., Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
The victims, aged 68 and 38, were riding a Citybus double-decker bound for Hong Kong airport when the incident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday.
While the bus was cruising in Tung Chung, its rear left tires burst, blowing away part of the bus flooring and damaging the seats directly above the tires. The two, who were occupying the seats, sustained wounds and were rushed to the hospital.
The daughter said the explosion lifted her from the seat and she landed on the floor. She broke her right leg.
Because of her injuries, she might not be able to work for six months, she said.
The bus was towed back to the Citybus terminus in Siu Ho Wan. Police were still investigating the cause of the explosion.
Law Siu-hung, president of the International Professional Insurance Consulting Association, said the victims would have to secure police reports and medical certifications, which are needed in filing a formal request for compensation to Citybus.
The bus company would then hire an expert to look into the demand. Once the injuries are ascertained to have resulted from the accident and the extent of the damages is determined, compensation will then be assessed, the report said.
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