Truck causes pile-up at junction

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 February, 2010, 12:00am

Police are investigating whether brake failure caused a five-vehicle pile-up in Tsing Yi that sent six men to hospital yesterday.

Four men - who were trapped and had to be rescued by firemen - remained in serious condition in hospital last night. The other two men were discharged.

An empty oil tanker, a delivery van and three trucks were travelling on Tsing Yi Road West towards Sai Tso Wan Road when the accident occurred shortly after 11am. The first three vehicles - the tanker, van and one of the trucks - stopped at a red light, a police officer said.

'The fourth vehicle was slowing down, but the fifth vehicle failed to stop. It crashed into the back of the truck in front and caused the pile-up,' the officer said.

The driver of the fourth vehicle, his two passengers and the driver of the fifth vehicle were trapped.

Six fire engines with more than 30 firemen, eight ambulances and a mobile casualty treatment centre were sent to the scene. It took about half an hour to free the trapped men.

Police said the six men, aged 28 to 61, were taken conscious to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung.

'My truck had stopped. There were two loud bangs and my vehicle was pushed forward, hitting the van in front,' the driver of the third vehicle, who suffered minor injuries, said.

The 61-year-old driver of the van said he felt dizzy after the accident.

The officer said it was possible the brakes of the fifth vehicle, which was taken to a government vehicle depot for examination, had failed. He said there was no indication the truck was travelling above the 50km/h limit.

Traffic in the affected section of the road was disrupted for about an hour before the five vehicles were towed away.

According to police figures, eight people died in eight traffic accidents last month.

In January last year, 22 people were killed in 16 traffic accidents.