Passer-by knocked down as truck rolls down slope in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong entertainment hub

Incident happens after driver leaves vehicle on D’Aguilar Street; no arrest made

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 4:31pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 4:31pm

A parked truck rolled down a slope and knocked down a passer-by before ramming into another vehicle and crashing into railings at a busy junction at the heart of the city’s entertainment hub of Lan Kwai Fong in Central on Thursdaymorning.

Initial police investigations showed the truck began to move forward after its driver pulled over on a slope in D’Aguilar Street near the junction with Wo On Lane and left the vehicle at about 11.30am.

“It rolled downhill and hit a man, 62, when he was trying to cross the road,” a police spokesman said.

The vehicle then continued to move downhill and rammed into another delivery van at the junction of D’Aguilar Street and Wellington Street.

It came to a stop after slamming into a traffic sign and railings at the junction.

Police thought the truck rolled 20 to 30 metres downhill.

The spokesman said flying fragments hit a male passer-by, 48, who was near the railings at the time of the incident. He was injured in the leg and bandaged at the scene, but did not need hospital treatment.

The 62-year-old man was treated for minor head and leg injuries at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam.

A female news vendor, 86, whose stall was at the junction and behind the railings, told local media at the scene that “the railings saved my life, otherwise I would have been hit and killed [by the vehicle].”

Officers are investigating whether the vehicle’s handbrake was on at the time of the incident. No one has ben arrested.