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14 injured in Hong Kong tram accident

Police in Hong Kong are investigating excess speed as a possible cause of the accident that saw a tram overturn at just after midnight on Des Voeux Road Central on 6 April.

Police in Hong Kong are investigating excess speed as a possible cause of the accident that saw a tram overturn at just after midnight on Des Voeux Road Central on 6 April. Fourteen passengers were injured, eight requiring hospital treatment.

Double-deck 123, west-bound for Shek Tong Tsui, took an S-shaped bend before it derailed and flipped onto its left side; some passengers climbed out of the tram windows themselves, while others had to be rescued by the emergency services.

The tram was lifted back onto the tracks at around 03.00 and towed to Whitty Street depot. The area reopened to traffic at 05.00.

Mechanical engineer and traffic accident investigator Lo Kok-keung told the South China Morning Post that the accident appeared speed-related, noting the slight slope on the bend.

The 23-year-old driver, who passed a breathalyser test, was arrested but later released on bail. Data from an onboard speed recorder was still being examined as TAUT went to press.

Hong Kong Tramways said it is fully assisting in the investigation.

The last tram to overturn in Hong Kong was in 1983 when a concrete mixer hit a tram in Shau Kei Wan, injuring 21 people.