Date
18 November 2018
A female bus passenger was pronounced dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a collision between a KMB bus and a taxi near the intersection of Nathan Road and Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday morning. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
A female bus passenger was pronounced dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a collision between a KMB bus and a taxi near the intersection of Nathan Road and Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday morning. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Woman, 70, killed after bus rams taxi in Tsim Sha Tsui

A taxi driver was arrested after his vehicle collided with a double-decker bus in Tsim Sha Tsui, killing a 70-year-old woman aboard the bus, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The accident happened at around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, when a route 87D bus operated by Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) was traveling southbound on the first lane of Nathan Road. 

As the bus was approaching a stop near the intersection of Nathan Road and Mody Road, a taxi running on the second lane suddenly overtook the bus and turned left to enter Mody Road.

The bus driver failed to stop in time and rammed the taxi.

A police senior inspector told RTHK that the taxi was not allowed to make a left turn, as indicated by the painted sign on the second lane.

During the collision, the elderly passenger on the lower deck of the bus lost her balance and fell.

The woman, who was found sprawled on the bus, was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in an unconscious state and later pronounced dead.

The 68-year-old taxi driver and the 52-year-old bus driver, both of whom passed a breathalyzer test, along with two other female bus passengers, aged 48 and 56, sustained minor injuries and were also sent to the hospital.

Police arrested the taxi driver for dangerous driving causing death and detained him for further investigation.

The taxi had wanted to avoid hitting a pedestrian crossing the street and ended up ramming the bus, The Standard quoted witnesses as saying.

The Special Investigation Team of Traffic, Kowloon West, is handling the case.

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