Hong Kong’s oldest post office to undergo repair work after bus crash

The bus crashed into Stanley Post Office after colliding with a motorbike. Photo: Apple Daily
The bus crashed into Stanley Post Office after colliding with a motorbike. Photo: Apple Daily

Hong Kong’s oldest post office is slated for repair work after a bus rammed into the 84-year-old building following a motorcycle collision on Wednesday.

The Stanley Post Office has stood on Wong Ma Kok Road since 1937 and is still in operation.

The bus first knocked down a motorbike at the intersection, causing the driver to fall off, then hit a tree before striking the building.

Footage of the accident from dashcam shows that the bus did not follow traffic rules and stop in front of the double white line.

According to local media, the motorcyclist and the bus driver were both injured and sent to the hospital. 

Hongkong Post put up a notice that the office is temporarily closed on Thursday for “comprehensive safety inspection and emergency repair” after the traffic accident.

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Photos of the aftermath show that the post office’s outer wall, main entrance and post boxes were damaged. Parts of the wooden roof, which was installed when the office was first built, were also cracked.

Police cordoned outside Stanley Post Office after the accident. Photo: Apple Daily
Police cordoned off Stanley Post Office after the accident. Photo: Apple Daily
The post office's entrance was damaged in the crash. Photo: Apple Daily
The post office’s entrance was damaged in the crash. Photo: Apple Daily

The government renovated the structure in 2007 to preserve and reinstate the characteristics of the colonial-era postal office. In 2009, it was given a Grade II historic building.

Described as a “time capsule of postal history” by the Hongkong Post, the heritage building is also a popular sightseeing spot for tourists in Stanley.

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