Driver, 67, dies in minibus crash in Sha Tin

January 15, 2019 14:04
Rescue personnel inspect the damaged vehicle after a fatal accident near the Shing Mun Tunnel in the New Territories on Monday. Photo: RTHK News video/screengrab

A minibus driver was killed and more than a dozen passengers were hurt after an accident in Tin Sum in Sha Tin district on Monday.

At around 8:30 am, a green minibus serving route No. 403 crashed into a boundary wall on a road and flipped over to its right side, resulting in casualties.

The bus driver, a man aged 67, suffered a head injury due to the crash and was knocked unconscious while his passengers found themselves getting thrown around inside the vehicle.

The accident took place on Shing Mun Tunnel Road as the bus was traveling from Shek Lei Estate to Sha Tin Wai, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

It is believed that driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed it onto a boundary wall, sending it careening onto its side.

The minibus was crushed, with the head of the vehicle severely damaged, leaving the driver trapped inside.

After being alerted about the incident, firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene. Firemen pulled out the driver, who was in an unconscious state.

He was rushed to Yan Chai Hospital, where he was later certified dead.

All of the 16 passengers, aged 18 to 56, were injured but managed to get out of the minibus.

None of the passengers, comprising 10 males and six females, was in life-threatening condition, although two of them were reported to have suffered more serious injuries than the rest.

They were sent to Yan Chai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital in conscious state for treatment.

According to reports, the driver had been on regular medication for high blood pressure, and it uncertain whether he took his pill that morning before the accident happened.

There was no sign of emergency braking in the incident.

Police officers were investigating the driver's mental state and the speed at which he was driving, RTHK reported.

Initial investigations suggested that mechanical failure was not to blame for the crash, the public broadcaster quoted a police officer as saying.

According to the driver’s son, his father had been working the route for two years.

The minibus operator, meanwhile, stressed that it requires all of its drivers to make health declarations every year.

According to the firm, the driver did not disclose any long-term illness during the declaration last year.

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