Date
25 May 2017
Pictures captured by a commuter showed a man falling out of a coach as the vehicle bumped into another bus in front. Photos: Facebook/hkincident, Apple Daily
Pictures captured by a commuter showed a man falling out of a coach as the vehicle bumped into another bus in front. Photos: Facebook/hkincident, Apple Daily

Multi-vehicle collision on Tsing Ma Bridge leaves 36 injured

More than 35 people were injured due to a multi-vehicle collision on Tsing Ma Bridge on Sunday, with two of the injured said to be in a critical condition at a local hospital.

The accident, involving a van and four private coaches, led to a massive pile-up and created serious traffic jams on a key section of the Lantau Link, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

The crash took place on the Kowloon-bound lanes of the bridge at about 5 pm, when a van suddenly decelerated and caused four coaches — which were carrying employees of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (HAECO) – to bump into each other.

A total of 36 people were injured in the accident. Six people suffered broken bones while two were in critical condition.

Among the two in critical condition was a man who was thrown out of a coach due to the impact.

Apple Daily reported that the injured passengers were sent to four different hospitals. Most were discharged after treatment of minor injuries, but nine remained in hospital for further treatment.

According to the police, the accident happened as a van driver hit brakes abruptly after a car tried to cut a lane and move in front.

The accident led to a traffic snarl, which saw vehicles lined up all the way until Sunny Bay.

It was only at around 9 pm that vehicular movements returned to normal.

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