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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong driver narrowly escapes injury as he flees smoking truck on busy West Kowloon Corridor

Man emerges unscathed from incident in Cheung Sha Wan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2018, 1:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2018, 2:25pm

A Hong Kong truck driver narrowly escaped injury on Monday when he fled his vehicle on a busy highway after it suddenly began billowing dense smoke.

The man was driving along the Tsuen Wan-bound section of the West Kowloon Corridor in Cheung Sha Wan when smoke started pouring from the front of the lorry shortly before midday.

A police spokeswoman said the driver quickly pulled over, left the truck and called police.

Officers found the gear system burnt.

Hong Kong man jumps from car before it bursts into flames on highway

“No flame or smoke was seen coming from the vehicle by the time emergency crews arrived,” the spokeswoman said.

The driver, 51, was unhurt, she added.

Also on Monday morning, a taxi and a Light Rail train collided on Ming Kum Road in the northwestern town of Tuen Mun at about 11.30am. Police said the taxi driver complained of feeling unwell after the incident, but no injury to train passengers was reported. Officers were investigating the cause.

Elsewhere in Hong Kong on the same morning, a school bus burst into flames at the junction of Cheong Wan Road and Chatham Road South in Hung Hom at about 7.45am. The driver, 34, and 15 pupils left the vehicle before emergency services arrived. Smoke was seen coming from under the bus driver’s seat. Firefighters doused the area. No one was injured.