Four people were killed and 11 others injured on Monday when a minibus collided with pedestrians down a narrow street before crashing into a shop. Four of the injured are in a critical condition.
The incident happened at around 1.56pm on the intersection of Cheung Hong Street and King’s Road in North Point.
The vehicle was empty and began rolling down the road after the driver left it, according to local media reports.
One woman was certified dead at the scene.
Most of the injured were taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern hospital and Ruttonjee hospital, according to police reports.
Bystander footage posted online showed a trail of debris and people lying in the street, with some pinned under the vehicle.
Police said that the minibus driver has been taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern hospital with “serious” injuries to his head, neck and back. They added that multiple causes of the collision are being investigated, including whether the handbrake was set properly before the driver exited the minibus and whether the vehicle had any mechanical problems.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed her condolences to the families of the victims: “I hope that drivers will take caution when driving in the future. They have to understand that their negligence and dangerous driving practices can affect the lives of many people,” she said.