UPDATED: Several injured after taxi slams into pedestrians on traffic island in Aberdeen

At least six people were sent to hospital after a taxi mounted a safety island and knocked them over. Photo via Facebook.
At least six people were sent to hospital after a taxi mounted a safety island and knocked them over. Photo via Facebook.

Ten people have been sent to hospital after a taxi jumped a curb, crashed through a barrier, and plowed into a group of pedestrians in Aberdeen this morning.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Inspector Tang Chi-lap from the Hong Kong Island’s traffic police division said that the taxi was driven by a 70-year-old male cabbie, and was carrying three women and one man.

At around 9:10am, while driving along Aberdeen Main Road, the cab lost control and swerved onto a traffic island where several pedestrians were standing, before veering the other way and crashing into the sidewalk opposite the island, injuring four female pedestrians and one male.

A total of 10 people, aged 19 to 76, were taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam in a conscious state. Two of the injured, both women, were sent to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

RTHK reports the car’s brakes were not working, but police are looking into various factors including the conditions on the road, the driver’s health, and the condition of the taxi.

Tang also confirmed to reporters that the site in question was not a traffic “black spot,” or area where accidents routine occur.

Photos posted on social media — which some readers may find upsetting — show one woman lying on the safety island next to a small pool of blood.

A live video posted by RTHK shows that the metal railings and a traffic light on the safety island were also damaged in the collision.

Five ambulances were dispatched to the scene, and the injured were sent to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

In an alert on their website, the Transport Department said that the Wong Chuk Hang-bound lanes of Aberdeen Main Road were closed to traffic.

Updates to follow.

 

NOTE: This article has been updated to include comment from traffic police and to reflect a revised count of those injured.

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