A driver was killed and three of his passengers injured after he apparently lost control of his car, veered into the wrong lane and smashed into an oncoming truck in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Police say the dark-blue, seven-seater car was travelling at high speed along Ho Sheung Heung Road towards Ho Sheung Heung, near the border at Lok Ma Chau, when the accident happened just before 3am.
The driver was declared dead at the scene. A 21-year-old woman passenger was taken, unconscious, to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. She suffered injuries to her head and chest.
Two other male passengers, aged 22 and 23, were both conscious when taken to North District Hospital in Sheung Shui with neck and chest injuries.
The group in the car is thought to have been returning from a barbecue. Police will investigate whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
"Without any special road situations that call for attention, [the truck driver said] the vehicle veered into the opposite lane and crashed into the right-hand side of his truck," said Chief Inspector Simon Pang Chuen-kwong, of the New Territories North accident investigation team.
"The private car might have lost control while making a left turn while travelling at high speed."
The roof, front, driver's side door and front windscreen of the car were torn off due to the impact of the crash, and the safety airbags were inflated. The car carried dual mainland and Hong Kong registration plates.
The 53-year-old truck driver was not injured.
As well as an autopsy to investigate whether the driver had been drinking, police will also examine whether anyone in the car had not been wearing a seatbelt.
Relatives of the dead driver arrived at the scene of the accident, near Po Lau Road and the Dills Corner Garden estate, shortly after the crash.
Police say the scene of the tragedy is not considered an accident black spot. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police on 3661 3819 or 3661 3800.