Two hurt in six-vehicle collision

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am

A collision involving six vehicles on the Tuen Mun Highway near Tsing Lung Tau yesterday left two people seriously injured and traffic paralysed for hours.

A truck driver and his passenger were trapped after crashing into the rear of another truck. Firemen had to cut through wreckage to free them.

Last night, the driver, who is 57, was in a critical condition while the passenger, who is 25, was in a stable condition.

Initial police investigations showed that at about 8.45am a car travelling in the outside lane of the highway towards Kowloon lost control, crashed into a barrier and rebounded.

A KMB bus in the inside lane collided with the car. 'Suddenly there was a large bang. I was hit on my forehead. The woman beside me held me tightly,' a bus passenger said.

Four vehicles in the middle lane, including the trucks, could not stop in time and also crashed.

Choi Yiu-man, acting station sergeant of the New Territories South police traffic unit, said officers would examine the car to determine why it lost control.

'None of the drivers had been drinking. And it is believed that there was also no speeding,' he said.

After the accident, all three lanes were cordoned off by police for around two hours.

Hennessy Ng Chun-hin, 23, a teaching assistant who took a bus from Tuen Mun to Shatin, said he was stuck on the highway for more than an hour.

'A 40-minute journey turned out to last two hours. Work was also being carried out on some sections of the highway, which made the traffic even more congested,' he said.