A Hong Kong container truck driver was killed by a mainland counterpart in a dispute over parking space at a border checkpoint early yesterday morning.
Chiu Yin-ming stopped at the Huanggang checkpoint in Shenzhen for a customs inspection after crossing the border at about 1am.
He got into an argument with mainlander Wang Yuhua as both drivers tried to claim the same parking space and refused to give way, said Chiang Chi-wai, chairman of Lok Ma Chau-Hong Kong Freight Association, who sent a representative to attend a briefing by Shenzhen customs on the incident.
Both men got out of their cabs armed with tyre irons and Chiu was struck a fatal blow on the head, Shenzhen customs officers told the association representative.
Tse Long, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Container Transportation Employees General Union, who also investigated the incident, said he was told the mainland driver just sat on the ground after the attack before being arrested by Shenzhen police.
Chiang received messages from his representative which read: 'This is a case in which neither driver gave way to the other and has nothing to do with anyone else.'
Chiang said that the notoriously lengthy procedures at the customs checkpoint could have been partly to blame.
He said that because of inefficiencies in the customs checking system, getting the right parking spot could avoid a driver suffering a delay of two to three hours.
Hong Kong police said they had no information about the case as of last night.
The Immigration Department said it had received no reports of the incident.