Five killed in Hong Kong taxi, bus crash

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World -

Five peo­ple were killed and 32 in­jured when a coach car­ry­ing Cathay Pa­cific staff to Hong Kong’s air­port col­lided with a taxi on Fri­day, po­lice said, with pas­sen­gers thrown from the coach’s win­dows on im­pact.

The back half of the taxi was com­pletely crushed and both sides of the bus were dam­aged, with traces of blood on the out­side, fol­low­ing the crash on the is­land of Ts­ing Yi.

Po­lice said the col­li­sion had hap­pened in the left lane of the main road – the taxi had stopped with its hazard lights on and the coach ploughed into it.

The coach had then gone out of con­trol, po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Yip Siu-ming said, hit­ting the right-hand side crash bar­rier and then the left one and throw­ing three pas­sen­gers out of the coach. The 62-yearold driver was also hurled from the ve­hi­cle and in­jured.

The taxi driver, two men and two women coach pas­sen­gers were killed.

Hong Kong’s hospi­tal author­ity said one per­son re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and an­other in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

The rest of the in­jured were ei­ther sta­ble or had been re­leased from hospi­tal.

Yip said po­lice would look into whether the coach driver – who had been work­ing for 10 hours at the time of the ac­ci­dent – had been tired or af­fected by al­co­hol.

One coach pas­sen­ger said the bus had been trav­el­ling fast be­fore it crashed into the taxi.

“It seemed to me the coach did not slow down. I fell onto the floor [when it crashed],” the pas­sen­ger said.

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