A Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) driver was arrested after his double-decker bus ran over a pavement and killed a woman in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The 40-year-old driver is facing charges of dangerous driving causing death and driving under the influence of drugs, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The KMB bus hit several railings and jumped on the pavement before running over a 26-year-old woman near the MTR station at Nathan Road and Haiphong Road at around 6 a.m. on Thursday.
The victim, surnamed Lam, was trapped underneath the vehicle. She was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei, where she was pronounced dead.
The KMB said the bus in question, a HK$2.74 million Alexander Dennis Trident E500 Turbo, is less than 10 months old and had undergone its monthly inspection on Sept. 22.
Police sources said the driver briefly passed out while driving, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, Apple Daily reported.
Lam, who lived at Tai Hing Estate in Tuen Mun, used to work as a bar waitress and was promoted to manager two years ago.
After the bar closed on Thursday morning, she played darts with her colleagues before going home.
She was going to take a bus on Nathan Road when the accident happened.
The driver has worked for KMB for nine years, and it was the first trip of his morning shift on Thursday.
According to Li Kwok-wah, chairperson of the KMB Staff Union, there are nine surveillance cameras installed on the bus, which should have captured the accident and could provide evidence to police investigators.
Li said he would not rule out the possibility that the driver might have reported for work even if he was not feeling well in order not to lose a bonus of HK$6,000, which is paid out every six months for drivers who have not taken days off during the period.
He said he urged labor officials during a meeting in June to intervene to have the incentive scheme removed. The scheme was launched four years ago.
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