Quick-thinking Hong Kong workers use fork-lift to rescue man trapped under lorry
Victim hit by his own vehicle after another lorry rammed into it
In a quick-thinking move, a group of Hong Kong workers used a fork-lift to free a 60-year-old man trapped under a lorry on Thursday morning, before the arrival of emergency personnel.
An employee of the victim, who owns a transportation company, was also injured in the accident, which happened in a car park outside the Western Wholesale Food Market in Fung Mat Road shortly before 8.30am.
The transport company owner, surnamed Chu, was cleaning the windscreen of his parked lorry at the time. His 57-year-old worker, surnamed Yuen, was also working in front of the vehicle.
According to a police spokesman, “another truck was suspected of running out of control and rammed the parked vehicle ... it moved forward and hit the two victims”.
Chu was trapped under his own truck while his colleague suffered minor hand injuries, the spokesman said.
One witness said that more than 10 porters had tried in vain to lift up the truck trapping Chu, before finding a fork-lift. They then used it to raise the front section of the truck, and managed to pull him out before firefighters and paramedics arrived.
According to police, Chu was injured in the head, neck, arms and legs in the incident.
The two victims were taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam for treatment.
Officers from Hong Kong Island traffic unit are handling the case.