Date
22 July 2018
A section of the false ceiling lies on tne ground after being knocked off by the KMB bus. Seven pedestrians were taken to hospital with multiple injuries. Photo: tvb.com
A section of the false ceiling lies on tne ground after being knocked off by the KMB bus. Seven pedestrians were taken to hospital with multiple injuries. Photo: tvb.com

Seven injured after KMB bus clips false ceiling

Seven pedestrians were injured when a false ceiling collapsed after being hit by a KMB double-decker bus in Castle Peak Road.

The incident took place at about 7 a.m. on Monday when the No. 2B KMB bus was traveling to Chuk Yuen Estate from the Cheung Sha Wan bus terminal, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.  

The bus clipped a false ceiling, measuring six meters by four meters, as it approached the Wing Lung Street bus stop in Castle Peak Road.

The ceiling fell off the building, along with a shop sign, hurting seven passers-by.

The victims, six women and one man aged 25 to 58, were sent to three hospitals with injuries to their heads, necks and limbs.

Three of them were in serious condition while the rest were stable after treatment, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The 50-year-old bus driver was unhurt.

Police unblocked the road after investigations by the Buildings Department confirmed there was no immediate danger from the building.

Lau Chi-kin, former director of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, said the bus might have been too close to the pavement when it made a stop.

The ceiling, which he said could have been an illegal structure, failed to meet safety standards.

The Buildings Ordinance requires all shop signs and fake ceilings to be at least 3.5 meters above the pavement, Lau said.

The Buildings Department said it would take follow-up steps to see if there had been any violation of the ordinance.

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