17 February 2019
Police are trying to determine if the tour bus had a mechanical problem. Photo: TVB
Police are trying to determine if the tour bus had a mechanical problem. Photo: TVB

Old woman, helper killed in To Kwa Wan road mishap

An 85-year-old woman and her 58-year-old Filipino male caregiver were killed after an apparently out-of-control tour bus hit them in To Kwa Wan on Thursday morning, reports.

Police arrested the driver, 55, for dangerous driving causing death. A breathalyzer test showed he had no alcohol in his system.

The incident happened at around 10 a.m., shortly after the bus had taken in passengers along Ma Tau Kok Road.

When all the 31 passengers were aboard, the bus lurched forward and continued to knock down a traffic light, collide with another bus, and hit the two pedestrians near Pak Tai Street.

The victims were trapped underneath the bus, and firefighters spent about 10 minutes to free them.

The woman was dead at the scene. The man was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital where he died.

A son-in-law of the female victim said she could not walk by herself and the caregiver had been looking after her for over 10 years, Apple Daily reported.

They were believed to be on their way to have a breakfast when the incident happened.

“As far as we know, it was a green light for the pedestrians,” senior inspector Ho Chun-hin said. “We believe the driver ran a red light.”

Ho added that the area was not an accident blackspot.

“We are still investigating [why the tour bus skidded forward],” he said. “We will check whether any problems exist in the mechanical system of the tour bus.”

The driver may be jailed for up to 10 years if convicted of the offense.

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