Date
17 October 2018
KMB has seen another accident, albeit a less severe one, involving one of its buses, after a deadly crash last month. Photo: HKEJ
KMB has seen another accident, albeit a less severe one, involving one of its buses, after a deadly crash last month. Photo: HKEJ

KMB bus driver hospitalized after collision with taxi

A Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB) driver has suffered injuries and has been admitted to a hospital following an accident involving his vehicle in the Ngau Chi Wan area on Thursday.

The man was driving a double-decker bus in the evening when his vehicle collided with a taxi.

According to news website hk01.com, the incident happened at 6:43 pm as the bus serving the 3M route was heading for Choi Wan from Tsz Wan Shan (North). 

While cruising on the Clear Water Bay Road in Ngau Chi Wan, the bus and a taxi going in the same direction suddenly bumped against each other.

The bus driver suffered neck injury and had to be taken to a hospital. The report did not say if there were any injuries to the taxi driver or other potential passengers in the smaller vehicle.

According to the report, the bus driver was believed to be Lai Siu-chung, deputy director of the KMB branch of the Motor Transport Workers General Union.

Police are investigating what caused collision of the two vehicles.

Lai had earlier called on the public to be supportive of bus drivers, saying the drivers were under a lot of pressure in the wake of the Feb. 10 Tai Po bus crash that killed 19 people and injured more than 60.

He had also openly called, without naming her, his colleague, Yip Wai-lam, who formed a new group called Alliance of Monthly-Pay Bus Drivers to fight for the rights of KMB bus drivers, “an idiot”, criticizing her for launching a “one-person” strike recently.

Despite the apparent bad blood between the two KMB workers, Yip offered her sympathy to Lai following the latter’s reported accident Thursday.

Yip and her husband, who is also a KMB driver, told the media that they wish Lai a quick recovery.

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