Driver arrested after HK tram flips over, injuring 14

The double- decker tram tipped over in Hong Kong's Central District at around midnight yesterday. Five women and nine men, including the driver, were injured. He was later arrested for dangerous driving. The accident is rare for the city's highly eff
The double- decker tram tipped over in Hong Kong's Central District at around midnight yesterday. Five women and nine men, including the driver, were injured. He was later arrested for dangerous driving. The accident is rare for the city's highly efficient public transport network.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

HONG KONG • The driver of a double-decker tram that tipped over in Hong Kong's Central District injuring 14 people was arrested yesterday on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Five women and nine men, including the driver were injured, with some taken to hospital, according to police.

The incident, rare for the city's highly efficient public transport network, occurred at around midnight.

A police spokesman said the driver, surnamed Lo, 23, was being questioned by officers.

News footage from local TV stations showed firefighters at the scene.

One casualty was wearing an oxygen mask while being carried out of the flipped tram on a stretcher.

Images taken by an AFP photographer showed the tram being turned right-side-up shortly afterwards.

The accident is the second on Hong Kong's public transport network this year.

The city's public transport system is regarded as among the world's safest and with the best infrastructure, with accidents uncommon.

In February, 17 people were injured when a fire engulfed a subway train, triggering the evacuation of Tsim Sha Tsui station - a major hub - during rush hour and causing chaos on the platform. Police later arrested a man for arson.

Trams, known as "ding-dings" for the sound of their bells, have served Hong Kong's main island for more than a century and transport around 200,000 passengers daily.

With around 160 double-decker trams, the city's public transport network boasts the world's largest fleet of such trams. It charges a flat rate of just HK$2.30 (42 Singapore cents) for adults to ride along the 120-stop route.

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