Hong Kong tourist coach crash with taxi, 5 dead, 31 injured
New Delhi : Breaking news from Honk Kong states that five people were killed and 32 were seriously injured after a coach collided with a taxi. The coach was on its way to Hong Kong's airport and police confirms that the accident was so deadly that passengers were thrown from the coach's window due to the strong impact.
As a result of the collision, major part of the taxi was completely crushed and part of the front of the coach sheared off following the crash on the island of Tsing Yi, shows images in local media.
The taxi driver and two men and two women coach passengers were killed in the accident, police said.
Sources described that the bus was a tourist coach, but it had been carrying workers to the airport at the time of the crash, which happened near the exit of a tunnel.
Tsing Yi is connected by a freeway to Hong Kong International Airport on neighbouring Lantau island.
The recorded footage reveals that the injured being treated by the side of the road before they were taken to four hospitals.
As per the South China Morning Post, most of the injured people were in serious condition.
One coach passenger said the bus had been travelling fast and had crashed into a stationary taxi with its hazard lights on at the side of the road, according to SCMP.
"It seemed to me that the coach did not slow down. I fell onto the floor (when it crashed)," the passenger said.
A passenger told local television channel TVB the scene on the bus was "very chaotic, we were crushed together".
Report says that the coach seemed to have collided repeatedly with the kerb before coming to a stop, another passenger told the channel. The footage showed the kerb on either side of the road was damaged.
"The bus hit once, then hit left and right, and hit the roadside to stop," the passenger said.
As per confirmed information, the accident took place at 5:00 am, today.