Date
11 December 2017
KMB is facing questions after a third incident in four months of passengers suffering injuries on moving buses. (Representative image) Credit: hkitalk.net
KMB is facing questions after a third incident in four months of passengers suffering injuries on moving buses. (Representative image) Credit: hkitalk.net

KMB under scrutiny after another accident within a moving bus

Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB), one of the franchised bus operators in Hong Kong, has come under the spotlight again over an accident involving a passenger within a moving vehicle.

On Thursday, a 24-year-old foreign woman was injured as she crashed into the glass door of a moving double-decker KMB bus, Sing Tao Daily reported.

The accident occurred at about 6:20 am when the No. N691 bus that runs between Tseung Kwan O and Central (Macau Ferry) was heading towards Tseung Kwan O.

The woman passenger crashed into an exit door as the bus, driven by a 28-year-old surnamed Chan, was making a 90-degree turn along the route.

As the driver took a sudden turn to steer the vehicle from Cha Kwo Ling Road into Tseung Kwan O Road, the victim lost her balance and crashed into the door.

The impact was so big that the glass of the door was broken and the woman suffered injuries to her head and arms, according to the report.

There was bleeding as some glass shards cut into the young woman’s hands.

But she can consider herself to be lucky as she was not thrown out of the bus due to the impact.

Quick reflex action to grab onto a rail by the door saved her.

The woman was sent to a hospital, where doctors deemed her injuries to be not serious.

However, the incident left the other passengers on the bus severely shaken.

Questions are being raised about KMB’s safety measures as Thursday’s accident was the third of its kind in the past four months involving the bus operator.

KMB said the one-year-old Dennis Trident bus involved in yesterday’s incident, which has now been sent for repair and investigation, went through monthly inspections just two weeks ago.

The operator said it will look into the accident.

In February, KMB saw two similar accidents involving passengers crashing into glass doors within moving buses.

The first incident took place on Feb.2, causing injury to a 68-year-old male passenger, while in the second accident a woman aged 51 suffered some bruises. 

KMB claimed later that a special committee has been set up for evaluating passenger safety within moving vehicles, but the company is yet to unveil the panel’s findings, Apple Daily noted.

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