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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

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

Seven-seater vehicle badly damaged, but driver escapes with minor injuries

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 November, 2017, 2:07pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 November, 2017, 3:01pm

A man had a narrow escape on Friday when his seven-seater car burst into flames on a Hong Kong highway and burned to its chassis.

The 37-year-old man was headed towards Kowloon on the North Lantau Highway shortly before 8am when he noticed smoke billowing from the car.

He pulled over near Siu Ho Wan and jumped out of the car, which burst into flames.

The Fire Services Department sent six fire engines and two ambulances to the scene. A spokeswoman for the department said firefighters sprayed the burning vehicle with two jets and took about 10 minutes to douse the flames.

The driver suffered minor hand injuries and was taken to North Lantau Hospital for treatment.

“The vehicle was damaged, and the cause of the fire remains unknown, but an initial investigation found nothing suspicious,” the spokeswoman said.

Firefighters were by the afternoon still looking into how the blaze started.

In a separate case, police were searching for a middle-aged man in connection with two arson incidents that happened within 12 minutes in Tsuen Wan before daybreak on Friday.

Emergency crews were called in when a towel was set alight outside a shop at Nam Fung Centre on Castle Peak Road at 4.54am. Twelve minutes later, 16 cans of paint were torched under a nearby flyover at Sai Lau Kok Road.

Firefighters put out both fires, and no one was injured.

Police were searching for a Chinese man, thought to be aged between 35 and 50, in connection with the case.