The North District in New Territories suffered serious traffic problems on Monday following heavy rains in the morning, which disrupted the schedules of thousands of commuters and motorists.
Sheung Shui and Fanling witnessed 8-hour traffic jams and there were also at least five road accidents during the day.
Traffic in the area was paralyzed for half the day, Ming Pao Daily reported. At one point, vehicle-gridlock on the Fanling Highway stretched as long as a kilometer, it said.
The first car accident happened at around 7:25 am, a time when people were busy going to school or to work.
By noon, there were four more accidents at Fanling Highway, Fanling Pak Wo Road and Sheung Shui San Wan Road. The accidents involved trucks, buses and private cars.
Passengers were trapped on the highway and they had to wait a few hours before the buses could move a little. Some lost their patience and asked the bus drivers to open the doors and let them go. Many commuters got off the buses and started their journey on foot.
The congestion started to ease only at 3 in the afternoon. Students and workers complained on social media that they were not able to go to classes or attend office because of the traffic situation.
A netizen said he felt hungry and got off a stationary bus to grab some lunch during the traffic jam. When he retuned to the place after finishing his lunch, he found that his bus was still in the same place where he had got off.
A spokesperson for the Transport Department said that they had informed the public, through the agency’s website and mobile app, about the traffic congestion.
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