Two dead, 16 injured in West Kowloon bus crash

March 04, 2019 17:39
The front of the Citibus double-decker is seriously damaged after the bus smashed into a stationary lorry on West Kowloon Highway on Monday morning. Photo: TVB News

Two people were killed and 16 others were injured after a double-decker bus crashed into a stationary lorry in West Kowloon on Monday morning, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

At around 10:20 a.m., a Route 967 Citibus unit (Tin Shui Wai to Admiralty) was traveling towards Western Harbour Tunnel when it slammed into a light goods vehicle that had broken down in the second lane of West Kowloon Highway near the Elements shopping mall. 

The 59-year-old bus driver, who was thrown out of his vehicle, was certified dead at the scene.

The truck driver, 54, was found at the back of his vehicle, unconscious from severe injuries. He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was later certified dead.

Fifteen of the bus passengers – 10 female and five male – and a woman passenger of the truck were injured and sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital. They were aged between 23 and 69.

Police said the lorry driver was apparently trying to get something from the back of his truck when the accident happened.

Citybus expressed deep sadness over the accident. It said assistance will be offered to the injured and the families of the deceased.

Chung Chak-man, head of operations at Citybus, said the bus driver, who joined the company in 1998, had been on the 967 route for more than 10 years and his driving record was good.

The driver had a sick leave on Friday because of a respiratory tract infection, Chung said.

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

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