Speed limit dropped on Tai Po road, two months after fatal bus crash

Firefighters (C) sort through crash debris after a bus crash in Hong Kong on February 10, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Isaac Lawrence

Two months after a horrific bus crash claimed the lives of 19 people, authorities are lowering the speed limit on the stretch of road in Tai Po where the tragedy occurred, according to reports.

According to The Standard, the limit on Tai Po Road between Chek Nai Ping and Yung Yi Road section will be lowered from 70km/h to 50km/h starting from April 27.

The fatal crash occurred on the evening of Feb. 10 when a KMB bus traveling from Sha Tin racecourse towards Tai Po lost control and flipped on its side while making a turn near Tai Po Mei.

Police subsequently charged the 30-year-old bus driver with dangerous driving causing death, with passengers alleging he had been driving aggressively and the government launched an inquiry.

The Standard reported that the Transport Department recently noted an increased number of accidents on the same stretch of Tai Po road, while construction projects in the area would increase the amount of trucks using it.

In addition to the speed-limit reduction, warning signs on sharp bends, protective barriers, and traffic enforcement cameras would be added.

 

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