Date
23 November 2017
Lam Sau-wah (arrowed) was knocked unconscious by the wheel (inset) that flew off the minibus. Photos: Apple Daily, MingPao, Metro Daily
Lam Sau-wah (arrowed) was knocked unconscious by the wheel (inset) that flew off the minibus. Photos: Apple Daily, MingPao, Metro Daily

Flying bus tire kills mother of three

A wheel flew off a minibus and killed a woman waiting at a bus stop across the street in Kwun Tong, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Lam Sau-wah, 44, the mother of three girls, was knocked unconscious.

She was rushed to United Christian Hospital but pronounced dead at 10:18 a.m.

A passenger said the driver was having problems with the steering before the accident and tried to stop the minibus near a pedestrian bridge on Kwun Tong Road. A wheel flew off and hit Lam.

The 42-year-old minibus driver, surnamed Yau, was arrested for dangerous driving and later granted bail.

The minibus, which was travelling from Yau Tong to Jordan, has been in service for 10 years.

Polytechnic University mechanical engineer Lo Kok-keung said after observing the scene that the wheel, which weighed about 70 pounds (32 kg), turned into a projectile like a cannonball and may have hit Lam with a force of as much as 1,000 pounds.

The family of Lam, who lived in Tseung Kwan O and worked at the German Pool appliance facility in To Kwa Wan as a cooking instructor’s assistant, was heartbroken.

Lam’s husband said he did not blame the minibus driver, as this was an unfortunate accident. He said what’s most important is to clarify its cause and discuss compensation.

The Transport Department said a public minibus needs to be inspected annually for its license to be renewed.

Police are investigating and are asking any witnesses of the accident to provide information.

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