Five killed in Hong Kong taxi, bus crash
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.