A horrific crash today saw two people rushed to hospital with head wounds after a taxi driver reportedly lost control and smashed across a pavement onto escalators serving 3 Garden Road in Central.
The crash happened at 4:23pm outside Champion Tower, trapping at least one victim under the taxi as it smashed from the access road, across the plaza and onto a moving pair of escalators.
A witness on the scene said at least one of the victims was flung over the escalator barrier onto the other escalator and that one victim had been trapped under the taxi. The witness said the taxi had “come out of nowhere”.
Police say victims Mr Li, 53, and Ms Lau, 34, were rescued and sent to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.
Taxi driver Mr Zhou, 71, was breathalysed by police on the scene but police would not say if he had been arrested. A police officer on the scene said “crazy taxi” in response to questions on what had happened and how the taxi had mounted the pavement.
Emergency vehicle access was earlier hampered by the drivers of two black seven-seaters who kept their vehicles waiting in the “No Waiting” zone, with one refusing to move even with sirens blaring behind him.