Cabbie dies in freak accident as two women pedestrians lose their lives
Taxi driver survives crash but is struck down as he inspects vehicle. Elsewhere two women die crossing roads
A taxi driver escaped serious injury in a car crash on a Tai Po highway, only to be killed when he got out to check the damage to his vehicle.
Pang Yiu-chung, 57, was standing next to his vehicle when a car rammed into the back of his taxi, which spun around and hit him, police said. He was declared dead in hospital.
Police said that in the first accident, the cabbie lost control of his urban taxi and hit the central divider in the Kowloon-bound lane of the Tolo Highway at about 5.30am. The taxi stopped against the central divider in the second and third lanes of the highway. Pang then got out and checked his damaged vehicle.
"Initial investigation showed that a car arrived from behind, failed to stop in time and slammed into the back of the taxi," a police officer said.
"We believe the taxi spun then hit the cabbie and threw him a short distance."
A truck following veered to avoid hitting the two vehicles but crashed into the central divider. The driver, 27, was not hurt.
Police said the cabbie was found unconscious in the second lane, a few metres from his taxi. He was taken to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po and declared dead.
The driver of the private car, 54, was treated for chest discomfort in the same hospital.
Traffic was disrupted until the three vehicles were towed to Tuen Mun for examination. Police said the site was not a traffic black spot and no one was arrested. New Territories North traffic unit is investigating.
The chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Driving Instructors Association, Cheng Cho-kwong, said drivers should leave their vehicles after a highway accident when it was safe to do so.
"They should leave the highway and go to a safe place to wait for the arrival of an emergency crew," he said.
Yesterday's crash was one of three fatal traffic accidents in a 10-hour period.
A female mainland visitor, 53, was hit by a truck in Kornhill Road outside Tai Koo MTR station at 9.30am. She died in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.
In the third accident at about 11.15pm on Monday, Pun Mei-ho, 31, was crossing Hong Ning Road, Sau Mau Ping, when she was knocked down by a taxi. She was declared dead in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Police arrested the 67-year-old taxi driver for dangerous driving causing death. He was released on bail and required to report to police later this month.
Sixty-four people have died in 63 traffic accidents this year.
Separately, six people were slightly injured in a collision between a double-decker, a minibus and a taxi in Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, at about 6.30am.