More than 40 people were injured, including one left in a critical condition, after a bus crashed into the rear of a stationary crane truck on Tuen Mun Road on Sunday.

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KMB bus collides with a crane truck on Tuen Mun Road on September 17. 2023. Photo: Wendy Law, vai Facebook.

A bus passenger who sustained serious head and neck injuries was retrieved from the rear of the lower deck, Fire Services Department’s Tuen Mun ambulance depot commander Vincent Tam told the media at the scene. The 57-year-old bus driver who was trapped in his seat after his vehicle severely collided with the truck was rescued by firefighters and was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital.

Tam told reporters 43 people were injured in the accident, including the bus driver and the truck driver.

The 43 injured people were aged between 19 and 88, police told HKFP. They were taken to Yan Chai Hospital, Tuen Mun Hospital, Prince Margaret Hospital and Tin Shui Wai Hospital.

HKFP has reached out to the Hospital Authority for updates on the seriously injured passenger.

Crane pulled over

The Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) double decker was travelling along route 58M and heading to Kwai Fong at around 1 pm on Sunday when the driver ran into the rear of the truck, which had pulled onto the shoulder of Tuen Mun Road, police said.

Superintendent Lam Chi-yuen of the New Territories North traffic unit said the truck driver pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of the road and turned on its emergency lights after detecting problems. The bus collided shortly after.

The bus driver’s mental state was being investigated, Lam said. The bus driver had a day off on Saturday and started work at around 5 am on Sunday. It was estimated to be his fourth round-trip of the day when the accident happened, Lam added.

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Hong Kong Police Force emblem. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

KMB said it will cooperate with the police investigation and did not have further information regarding the working history of the bus driver.

Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing district offices set up interdepartmental help desks in response to the accident.

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Hans Tse is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He was previously a researcher at several universities and wrote about local politics and media transformations. He holds an M.Phil in communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.