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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Truck driver arrested after reversing into elderly woman in sixth Hong Kong road fatality in 13 days

Police statistics show 69 people died in 50 traffic accidents across the city in the first five months of the year

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 June, 2018, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 June, 2018, 4:13pm

A truck driver was arrested on Tuesday after he reversed into an 87-year-old woman and killed her – Hong Kong’s sixth road fatality in less than two weeks.

The accident happened on Cheung Wong Road at about 4.45am in Mong Kok, according to police.

“The woman sustained a head injury and was certified dead at the scene,” a police spokesman said.

The driver, 40, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death. As of 2pm, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact officers on 3661 9000 or 3661 9058.

Since June 14, there have been five other fatal traffic accidents across the city.

On Monday, a 41-year-old man died in a collision between his motorbike and a truck in Kowloon Bay.

Last Thursday, the driver of a school bus was arrested after his vehicle hit and killed a 75-year-old woman in Ap Lei Chau.

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In Yau Ma Tei on Monday last week, a 56-year-old man died after he was crushed by a taxi which was thrown off the road in a collision with another cab.

On June 17, a truck hit and killed a 60-year-old man on Yee Kuk Street in Sham Shui Po as he was unloading goods from a delivery van.

Three days before that, an 86-year-old man died after being hit by a school bus on Mei Tin Road in Sha Tin.

According to police figures, 69 people died in 50 traffic accidents across the city in the first five months of the year, including a horrific Tai Po bus crash in February that killed 19 and hurt more than 60. Last year, 108 people were killed in 104 fatal traffic accidents.