Boy crushed by 150kg gate

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am

A five-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries when he was crushed by a metal security gate which fell off its hinges in a Tsing Yi apartment block last night.

Wong Ka-chun was pinned under the 150kg gate until he was freed by residents.

He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital and admitted in a critical condition. A hospital source said Ka-chun had suffered a fractured skull.

The accident occurred shortly before 6pm, when Ka-chun, accompanied by his family's domestic helper, went to open the security gate to enter Tsing To House.

As the helper punched in the access code, Ka-chun pulled on the handle and the door collapsed on him.

The helper called for assistance when she realised she could not lift the gate, sources said. Blood was coming from Ka-chun's ears as residents rushed to help the unconscious boy.

Some residents said they had discovered something wrong with the gate earlier in the day and had reported the matter to the building's management office. Two workers were then sent to inspect the gate.