Date
19 November 2017
The tram lies on its side in Central after an apparent derailment which injured 14 people including its driver. Photo: RTHK
The tram lies on its side in Central after an apparent derailment which injured 14 people including its driver. Photo: RTHK

14 injured in Central tram derailment; driver arrested

Police have arrested the driver of a tram that flipped over in Central at about midnight Thursday and injured 14 people.

The 23-year-old driver, surnamed Lo, who has been at the job for about 18 months, was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, TVB reports.

Police said Lo passed an alcohol test.

He started work at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and was about to finish his last shift on the Whitty Street-Shau Kei Wan route when the accident occurred.

A witness said he heard a loud sound before he saw the westbound tram slowly tip over to its side in Des Voeux Road Central near the HSBC headquarters in Bank Street. Two tram tracks were covered by the body of the fallen tram.

Police officers and firemen arrived at the scene and began to rescue passengers trapped inside the tram. Several managed to climb out of windows.

There were a total of nine men and five women aboard, including the driver. All remained conscious but suffered different degrees of injuries.

Eleven were taken to Queen Mary Hospital and Ruttonjee Hospital while the rest were treated on the spot with minor injuries.

Initial investigations led the police to suspect the accident, which caused the closure of a section of Des Voeux Road Central between Queen’s Road Central and Ice House Street, was caused by derailment.

The tram was later put back on its track by a crane and was towed to the Whitty Street depot.

The driver initially told the police that a bus rammed the rear of the tram before the accident but a passenger disputed the claim.

Also, the police did not find any sign of collision, according to Apple Daily.

A senior inspector from the accident investigation team of Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters said the police will look at all possible factors, including the alleged collision with a bus.

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