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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Man dies after van rams into stationary truck on Hong Kong road

He sustained multiple injuries and was certified dead at the scene, but his front-seat passenger survived with minor injuries

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 December, 2017, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 December, 2017, 4:12pm

The driver of a delivery van died after his vehicle slammed into the back of a stationary truck on a Hong Kong motorway before daybreak on Friday.

But his front-seat passenger escaped unscathed in the accident that happened near San Hui Playground in Tuen Mun at about 4.20am.

Yu Ka-hin, 27, was driving his delivery van along Tuen Mun Road heading towards Yuen Long when it rammed into the rear of the roadworks truck parked in the fast lane, police said. His vehicle suffered extensive damage and its right side was badly crushed.

Yu was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be freed by firefighters. “Sustaining multiple injuries, he was certified dead at the scene,” a police spokesman said.

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His male passenger, 24, was unhurt and treated for minor injuries at Tuen Mun Hospital.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them at 3661 3800. The New Territories North’s traffic special investigation team was handling the case.

The traffic accident led to the closure of the affected section of Tuen Mun Road for about five hours, the Transport Department said. The van was towed to a government vehicle plant in the New Territories for examination.

This is the second traffic accident in 24 hours involving a parked vehicle. Early on Thursday morning, 19 people were injured after a double-decker bus crashed into the rear of a stationary truck on North Lantau Highway on Lantau Island. The bus driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

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Separately on Friday, the driver of a coach and his nine passengers were hurt when his vehicle careened out of control and rammed into a tree near Sha Tin Racecourse in Tai Po Road at about 11.30am.

A police spokeswoman said the six men and four women were slightly injured and taken conscious to Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

According to official figures, 88 people died in 84 fatal road traffic accidents across the city in the first 10 months of this year.