2 dead in Yau Ma Tei bus accident

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The scene of the accident (Photo: Radio Television Hong Kong)

 

Two men died while 16 others were injured after a Citybus double-decker rammed into a truck that reportedly broke down on the highway in Yau Ma Tei this morning, the Hong Kong Police said.

The police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in Yau Ma Tei that left the drivers of the two vehicles, aged 54 and 59 dead, dead while 11 women and five men were injured.

Investigators said the incident happened at around 10:25 a.m., while the City Bus was travelling along the West Kowloon Highway towards Hong Kong. The bus was plying the 967 bus route from Tin Shiu Wai to Admiralty.

As it approached the Yau Ma Tei Interchange near the Elements shopping mall, the bus collided with a light goods vehicle (LGV) that stopped on the highway reportedly “due to breakdown,” the police said.

The 59-year-old bus driver fell out from the bus and was certified dead at scene, while the 54-year-old LGV driver, who was at the back of the LGV, was seriously injured and was unconscious when he was brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He was declared dead at the hospital at 11:11 a.m., the police added.

Investigators said a 39-year-old female passenger on the LGV, ten female bus passengers and five male bus passengers aged between 23 and 69 were injured and brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital for medical treatment.

The Special Investigation Team of Traffic, Kowloon West is conducting the investigation into the accident.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information to offer is urged to contact the investigating officers on 3661 9023 or 3661 9188, the police said.

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