When the female driver of the minibus saw two cars which were not in motion, she decided to overtake them, apparently unaware that they were waiting for a chance to make a right-hand turn. The oncoming truck was not avoided in time, producing a crash with deadly results.
In an extremely cruel twist of fate, one of the dead at Sha Tau Kok turned out to be the father of a rescuer who was summoned to the crash site. He fought back tears and continued to help & rescue others, after loading his fatally injured father into the ambulance. The Apple Daily quoted him as saying (afterwards): "I was extremely saddened and could not stop crying, but it was my job and duty to rescue others!"
It is sad to see another green minibus accident so soon after a November 6 mishap, in which another green minibus, in a failed overtaking maneuver, struck and killed a cyclist in Sai Kung.
Even more recently (two days ago), was yet another green minibus accident on Repulse Bay Road, in which two green minibuses collided with each other head-on! Luckily, in this case, there were no fatalities.
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- Can minibus drivers be a little more patient?
- Can we do a better job of enforcing passengers to wear their seatbelts? It is not a coincidence that the 2 fatalities yesterday were not wearing their seatbelts at the time and were thrown completely out of the vehicle after impact.