Date
23 July 2018
The double-decker bus lies on its side after ramming into a concrete barrier. Of the 18 injured passengers, 13 were still in the hospital as of Sunday. Photos: TVB.com
The double-decker bus lies on its side after ramming into a concrete barrier. Of the 18 injured passengers, 13 were still in the hospital as of Sunday. Photos: TVB.com

One dead, 18 injured after double-decker bus flips over

A Citybus double decker flipped over to its side in Kowloon on Saturday night, killing one passenger and injuring 18 others on board.

The driver, surnamed Man, 61, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death. He is free on bail, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The accident occurred at about 9 p.m. when the No. 681 bus was traveling to Hong Kong station in Central from Ma On Shan town center.

It rammed into a concrete barrier in Lei Yue Mun Road near the MTR Lam Tin station and tipped over to its side.

One passenger was killed on the spot while 18 others were rushed to hospital. Thirteen remained hospitalized as of Sunday.

Man told police the accident was caused by medication he had taken which caused dizziness.

He said he got out of bed at 4 p.m. Saturday and took his pills before he started work at 7 p.m., according to Apple Daily.

Man said he suffered a blackout just before the accident and regained consciousness when the bus was lying on its side.

Citybus said Man joined the company in 1993 and has been working the No. 691 route for more than 10 years.

But investigators said he was in fact only a part-time driver and had been suspended for failing a physical examination.

Apple Daily reported that there are more than 1,100 part-time drivers employed by the three major bus operators — Citybus, Kowloon Motor Bus and New World First Bus.

Part-time bus drivers work at least 20 hours a month and are normally on duty during weekends.

Lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki, vice chairman of the Legislative Council panel on transport, said the accident exposed the necessity of hiring part-time bus drivers who are sufficiently trained.

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