Date
27 June 2017
Two double-deckers and a minibus were involved in the accident on Yuen Long Highway near the Pok Oi Interchange on Wednesday night. Photos: HKEJ, Now TV
Two double-deckers and a minibus were involved in the accident on Yuen Long Highway near the Pok Oi Interchange on Wednesday night. Photos: HKEJ, Now TV

70 injured in three-bus pile-up in Yuen Long

Around 70 people were injured in a three-bus pile-up on the Yuen Long Highway near the Pok Oi Interchange on Wednesday night.

The three vehicles – a minibus (No. 44), a Kowloon Motor Bus unit (265M), and a 967X Citybus double-decker (967X) – were heading towards Tuen Mun when the accident happened at around 7 p.m., the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

There were no fatalities, and all of the injured were conscious when they were taken to Pok Oi Hospital, Tuen Mun Hospital, North District Hospital, Yan Chai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, according to hk01.com

A woman suffered a bone fracture.

A KMB spokesperson said preliminary investigation suggested that its 265M bus was hit from behind by the Citybus unit, causing it to collide with the minibus in front of it.

A passenger on the KMB unit said the bus was tailgating the minibus when it was rear-ended by the Citybus vehicle. It hit the minibus as a result.

The site was sealed off for more than two hours and was reopened at around 9:30 p.m.

When the authorities closed the southbound lanes, the traffic jam lengthened about 4 kilometers northward to Fairview Park.

The Citybus was badly damaged with its front having caved in as a result of the impact; its bumper was completely detached and its windshield shattered.

The Fire Services Department had to deploy 28 ambulances to the scene. Only one of the passengers from the upper deck of the Citybus unit required firemen’s assistance to leave the vehicle.

A Citybus spokesperson said the 967X unit had only be in use for one year.

The driver involved in the crash has been working with the company since October 2015 and was on his second trip of the day, the spokesperson added.

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