A 10.45am Tram Jam

I was on the way back to Wanchai from Happy Valley, sitting quite comfortably on the tram when it suddenly came to a halt. This was just after the tram had left Tonnochy station.

Everyone just sort of looked at each other and a few people started getting off. The driver was out on the pavement and telling us that there’d been an accident ahead, our tram could not pass.

Fortunately I wasn’t carrying anything too heavy (besides a huge belly) and the route home was near and familiar.

No need to pay, umm sai bei qin” the driver called out. He’d switched off the octopus reader and was just waving his hands gesturing for all of us to be on our merry way to find some other means of getting to our respective destinations.

I got off the tram and wanted to see what exactly was blocking our passage. There didn’t seem to be any apparent obstruction on the tracks or the road ahead.

Walking further along the road, I saw a bus which had stopped past the traffic lights in the middle of the intersection of Hennessey towards Heard Street.

There was the bus driver making some notes and taking photos of the bus. I couldn’t see any vehicle that it had run into though. There didn’t seem to be any apparent or significant damage.

Cars and buses were making their way around the stalled bus but the trams didn’t seem to want to try passing even though I thought there’d be sufficient space. These HK trams are pretty narrow, but I guess the drivers don’t want to risk getting stuck and compounding the situation.

It’ll probably take an hour or two to get a tow truck for the bus, so if you’re heading westbound you might want to catch the MTR or bus instead.

Or if you’re close enough, just go on foot as the temperature is just fantastic today despite the pollution 🤔