Accident in Tsim Sha Tsui causes smoke eruption, eight injured including policewoman, driver arrested

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25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) At 6.49pm, a van was reported to have crashed into a safety island at the intersection of Salisbury Road and Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The collision resulted in a thick plume of smoke billowing from the scene, prompting bystanders to alert authorities. Rescue teams swiftly arrived and discovered eight injured individuals, including a female passenger in the truck, a female auxiliary police officer, and several pedestrians. Fortunately, their injuries were minor, and they remained conscious. All the injured parties were promptly transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for medical treatment.

Online images reveal the extent of the damage caused by the truck, with multiple barriers and lampposts destroyed, and scattered debris strewn across the area. The vicinity of Nathan Road near Salisbury Road was enveloped in white smoke, creating a scene of chaos and concern.

Preliminary investigations by the police suggest that the truck driver may have been engaging in “dangerous driving,” leading to his subsequent arrest. Authorities are currently working to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Following the incident, the Transport Department announced the closure of certain lanes on Salisbury Road (heading towards Hung Hom) near Nathan Road due to the traffic accident. Motorists are advised to utilise the remaining lanes for their commute. As the evening also featured the highly anticipated global premiere of the drone performance inspired by the beloved character Doraemon, traffic congestion remains significant in various areas, including Salisbury Road (both directions), Nathan Road (both directions) near Salisbury Road, Lin Cheung Road (heading west towards Austin Road), Canton Road (heading towards Tsim Sha Tsui), and Chatham Road South (heading towards Tsim Sha Tsui). In light of these circumstances, the Transport Department urges citizens to consider alternative public transportation options, such as the MTR services.