Cab driver killed by taxi near Disneyland

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 4:23am

A taxi driver was arrested after his vehicle was involved in an accident that left one cabbie dead and another critically injured outside Disneyland Resort.

The 59-year-old was arrested for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. Initial police investigations revealed he had fallen asleep while his vehicle was parked in a taxi queue outside the park.

When he was suddenly awoken, he may have accidently stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Denis Li Man-kit, senior traffic inspector for New Territories South, said the driver admitted he had fallen asleep.

"He told police he had been wakened by others and restarted his car. He accidently stepped on the gas pedal, as if it was the brake, while he was not very conscious, and that caused the incident," he said.

The two other taxi drivers were talking outside their vehicles, while waiting for the line to move on Fantasy Road, outside the theme park, when the cab hit them from behind at 2.49pm.

"The taxi dragged one driver and hit another driver," Li said.

The vehicle then hit two parked cabs and went over a small grass bed before stopping on the opposite lane.

The two drivers were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital. The 61-year-old driver who was dragged along was certified dead, while the other 56-year-old was being treated for serious injuries.

A Hong Kong Disneyland Resort spokesman said the resort was sad to hear about the accident and expressed its deepest condolence to the deceased's family and friends.

Police New Territories South Special Investigation Team of Traffic is appealing for information at 3661 1300 and 3661 1348.