Minibus toppled by double decker in Sha Tin, as commission probes February’s fatal Tai Po crash

Bus smash in Sha Tin (via screen grab from Apple Daily)

As a commission meets today to discuss a tragic fatal bus crash in February, passengers aboard a minibus this morning fortunately avoided serious injury when their ride was knocked on its side after colliding with a double decker in Sha Tin.

According to reports, 10 people sustained minor injuries in the collision between a green-topped minibus (the number 804) and a number 89 Kowloon Motor Bus between Sha Tin and Kwun Tong at the intersection of Lion Rock Tunnel Road and Tai Chung Kiu Road about 6am.

Apple Daily reported that at least seven women and two men were injured, while RTHK wrote 10 individuals suffered slight injuries.

The driver of the minibus — a 61-year-old man surnamed Ng — was also among the injured and was taken to hospital for treatment after he reportedly failed to observe the traffic light at the time of the incident, Apple Daily reports.

Police managed to clear the vehicles and reopened the road to traffic about 7.30am.

According to the newspaper, the crash scene was about 900 meters away from the junction of Tai Chung Kiu Road and Sha Tin Wai, the site of another fatal minibus accident eight years ago.

The collision comes almost three months after a horrific fatal bus crash in Tai Po, that claimed the lives of 19 people.

According to The Standard, a committee currently investigating the causes behind that crash today received a submission from KMB, which pledged to install devices to detect drowsy drivers on all of its buses, if a current trial of the technology proves to be satisfactory.

A hearing of the committee today was also told that bus crashes in total had fallen in the past five years as a result of increased efforts to promote safety.

The Permanent Secretary for Transport, Joseph Lai, there were 2,187 bus accidents in 2017, down from almost 2,300 in 2013, despite a 3.3 percent increase in the number of buses running on the roads.

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