Date
26 September 2017
The KMB bus on No. 42C route was approaching Sham Shui Po when one of its windows was  shattered. Photo: Internet
The KMB bus on No. 42C route was approaching Sham Shui Po when one of its windows was shattered. Photo: Internet

KMB bus window breaks, throwing passengers into panic

Passengers of a KMB double-decker bus were thrown into a panic after one of its windows was shattered while the vehicle was cruising near Sham Shui Po.

Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB), the bus operator,  said the incident happened at about 11 a.m. on Monday as the No. 42C bus was heading for Kwai Chung, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

While the bus was running on Lung Cheung Road and approaching Chak On Estate in Sham Shui Po, the right rear window near the emergency exit on the lower deck suddenly broke.

KMB said the driver reported the incident to the police immediately afterwards and suspected the window was hit by a hard object from the outside.

A passenger on the bus said on social media the incident happened so suddenly, and panic-stricken passengers took cover while others jumped out of their seats in view of the explosion. No one was injured, hk01.com reported.

Photos uploaded by the passenger show several seats covered with glass shards.

Several netizens agreed the incident was scary, while others asked if similar incident could happen in other buses.

A police investigation is underway to determine what really caused the window to shatter.

Lo Kok-keung, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a former official at Polytechnic University’s department of mechanical engineering, said he was not ruling out the possibility that the window was hit by an iron pellet fired from an air gun.

Tempered glass like the one used for the bus window could break if shot at close range, Lo said.

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