70 injured in vehicle pile-up in Hong Kong’s New Territories
44 ambulances and fire trucks responded, but the taxi allegedly causing the crash left the scene
Seventy people, aged between three and 83, were injured and one remained in a serious condition, following a crash in Hong Kong involving three vehicles at a junction at Small Traders New Village on the Yuen Long Highway on Wednesday evening.
The accident caused a 5km-long traffic jam, reaching Fairview Park in Yuen Long. Traffic only returned to normal after two hours, Sing Tao Daily reported.
An urban red taxi heading towards Tuen Mun on the Yuen Long Highway slowed down at the junction, allegedly hesitating before choosing a lane, causing a green light bus and a Kowloon Motor Bus behind to slow down. A Citybus trailing them could not stop in time, ploughing into the other buses, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The Citybus sustained the most damage. Its front glass shattered, while a man and woman on the upper deck were the worst injured: the woman broke her leg and remains seriously injured, according to the Apple Daily.
“It was quite scary,” a passenger on the KMB named Mr Ip said. Many passengers on the upper deck fell to the ground amid much screaming, he added.
Forty-four ambulances and fire trucks arrived at the scene and all three drivers passed the breathalyzer test. The taxi allegedly causing the car crash had already left the site and police are following up the case.