Elderly taxi driver decapitated in crash with tow truck

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 November, 2007, 12:00am

A 70-year-old taxi driver was decapitated yesterday when his vehicle collided with a tow truck.

The accident happened at 12.40am when the taxi hit the truck while overtaking on a two-lane slip road off the Fanling Highway.

The two vehicles were heading towards toward Yuen Long on the Lok Ma Chau Interchange, a police spokesman said.

'The taxi then crashed into railings before being hit by a bus,' the spokesman said.

'The driver was thrown out of the taxi.'

The taxi turned over and was badly damaged.

Rescuers found the driver's head 35 metres from his body. He had not been carrying a passenger.

The chairman of the Taxi and Public Light Bus Concern Group, Lai Ming-hung, said the spot where the accident happened was not a traffic black spot and the speed limit was only 50km/h.

'It is not unusual for vehicles to exceed the speed limit in the area after midnight as the limit is so low,' Mr Lai said. 'But I do not understand why the driver had to drive that fast. Based on the state of the wreckage, he must have been driving real fast.'

The drivers of the bus and the tow truck suffered minor injuries, as did a man in the truck.

They were taken to hospital and discharged.

Witnesses are urged to contact officers from the traffic inspection team in New Territories North on 2675 3325 or 2675 3384.