Lorry driver crushed to death after gearbox mix-up

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 6:13pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 6:32pm

A lorry driver died after being crushed against a wall by his vehicle on Thursday.

The accident happened around 12.45pm when the man, 44, was starting his lorry in a car park on Cheung Tat Road in Tsing Yi.

The driver was halfway in the vehicle, with the rest of his body hanging out the open door, when he put the key in the ignition and turned it to start the vehicle, assuming it was in neutral gear, police said.

However, the lorry suddenly surged forward crushing the exposed part of the driver’s body against a wall.

The injured driver was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was certified dead.

Police investigations showed the lorry had been put in second gear by its previous driver before the deceased man started it, Senior Inspector Chan Hung-yiu said.

In a separate accident around noon on Thursday, a 62-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a medium goods vehicle on Cheung Tung Road on Lantau.