2018 Hong Kong bus accident

2018 Hong Kong bus accident
TaiPoRoad BusFlip Accident.jpeg
Accident scene on 10 February 2018
Details
Date 10 February 2018
Time 18:13 HKT
Location Tai Po Mei, Tai Po Road
New Territories, Hong Kong
Bus route or line 872
Bus operator Kowloon Motor Bus
Type of incident Rollover
Statistics
Deaths 19
Injuries 65
The bus involved, photographed about half an hour prior to the accident
Map of the accident site
Crash site after the wreck was removed

On 10 February 2018, at approximately 18:13 HKT, a Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) double-decker bus flipped onto its side on Tai Po Road in the New Territories, Hong Kong. The crash killed 19 people and injured 65.

The incident was Hong Kong's second deadliest road traffic accident, behind a 2003 incident on Tuen Mun Road which killed 21. [1]

Incident

Crash

The Volvo Super Olympian bus ( Wright Explorer bodied, fleet number AVW78, registration number LX 9991) was running on route 872, a special route operated only on horse racing days. It was travelling from Sha Tin Racecourse, following a race day, to Tai Po Centre in Tai Po New Town. [2]

Before boarding the bus, the driver chatted with a bus fan for some time. [3] It was reported that the bus departed the racecourse 10 minutes late, leading some passengers to scold and quarrel with the driver. [4] [5] [3] Passengers said the driver then became frustrated, and "drove really fast as if he was throwing a tantrum". They said he drove "very, very fast" the whole time, without slowing for turns. [4] [6]

As the bus was travelling on a downhill section of Tai Po Road, near Tai Po Mei village, it came to a bend where it flipped onto its left side, hitting a lamp post and destroying Tai Po Mei bus stop. [7] [8] Eighteen people were killed at the scene.

Immediate aftermath

Immediately after the crash, some passengers tried to physically attack the driver. [4] [9] Fire services officers had to cut into the bus to rescue those trapped inside, an operation that took about 85 minutes. [5] A makeshift morgue was set up at the roadside. [4]

The death toll rose to 19 when a man died at 4:00 am the following morning at United Christian Hospital. [10] Excluding this person, the accident left 65 people injured. [11]

The affected section of Tai Po Road was closed for 12 hours following the incident. Other bus routes normally plying the route were diverted to Tolo Highway. The road was partly closed again the following afternoon to accommodate a ceremony attended by about 200 mourners, government officials, and KMB management. [12] [8]