Taxi driver killed in crash after collapsing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2008, 12:00am

A taxi driver died after collapsing at the wheel and crashing into the back of a delivery truck in Sheung Wan yesterday.

Wong See-wing, 57, passed out after making a right turn into Wing Lok Street from Rumsey Street at 1.37pm. He was taken unconscious to Queen Mary Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at 2.25pm.

A police spokesman said his female passenger and the truck driver were uninjured.

Police are checking Wong's medical records.

The accident prompted the Urban Taxi Drivers' Association to warn cabbies to pay attention to their health during cold weather because low temperatures can trigger a range of illnesses, especially for sufferers of diabetes and high blood pressure.

'In addition to wearing warm clothing, drivers should maintain good air circulation inside our taxis. They should not close all the windows because of cold weather,' said Kwok Chi-piu, the association's joint committee chairman.

'Poor air circulation could also make drivers suffering chronic illnesses feel dizzy. This poses a danger to themselves and their passengers.'

He believes more than 10 per cent of the 40,000 or so taxi drivers in Hong Kong suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, and he urged taxi drivers to have regular check-ups.

On August 20, cabbie Shum Yuk-kin, 47, died after collapsing at the wheel in Tuen Mun Road. His two passengers were unhurt. On July 27, a truck driver died after collapsing at the wheel and crashing into a tree in Castle Peak Road, Lok Ma Chau.

And on September 27, taxi driver Yeung Yee-wo, 60, became ill at the wheel before losing control and ramming a newsstand in Wan Chai, injuring news vendor Wong Kwai-sze, 57. The driver's three passengers were unhurt.