14 injured after Hong Kong tram tips over; driver arrested

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Trams, known as “ding-dings” for the sound of their bells, carry around 200,000 passengers a day.
Trams, known as “ding-dings” for the sound of their bells, carry around 200,000 passengers a day.ST FILE PHOTO

HONG KONG (AFP) - Fourteen people were injured when a double-decker tram tipped over in Hong Kong, authorities said on Thursday (April 6), in a rare accident on the city's public transport network.

The incident happened around midnight (midnight Singapore time) in the centre of the city, with 14 people receiving minor injuries, government and police officials said. Some of the victims were taken to hospital. Officials had earlier mistakenly said that 11 were injured.

It is not clear what caused the accident.

The South China Morning Post reported the driver of the westbound tram may have lost control of the vehicle.

Trams, known as "ding-dings" for the sound of their bells, have serviced the city's main island for more than a century and carry around 200,000 passengers a day.

A 23-year-old driver was later arrested for dangerous driving causing harm to others, Hong Kong's Apple Daily reported on Thursday (April 4).

He reportedly had driving experience of only a year and a half.