Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Motorcyclist dies after crash with truck near Hong Kong International Airport

  • The 40-year-old kitchen worker had borrowed his friend’s bike
  • Police believe he lost control because he was not used to riding a more powerful vehicle
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2018, 3:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2018, 6:05pm

A man died in a head-on collision between his motorbike and a truck at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night.

He had borrowed his friend’s bike, leading police to believe he lost control because he was not used to riding the more powerful vehicle.

The crash – the city’s second fatal traffic accident in five days – happened at the airport’s maintenance area on South Perimeter Road on Lantau Island shortly before 11pm.

After taking the high-powered 750cc Suzuki GSX-R750 and running several hundred metres, Hui Ka-man, 40, lost control of the bike on a bend before it crossed into the opposite lane and rammed head-on with the truck.

“The motorcyclist fell off the machine and then his limbs were run over by the right front wheel of the truck,” a law enforcement source said.

Suffering multiple injuries, Hui was taken unconscious to North Lantau Hospital, where he was certified dead at 11.48pm.

The source said no brake marks from the motorbike were found on the road, suggesting the rider had no time to react.

“We believe the victim got used to riding on his own low-powered motorbike and he failed to master such a high-powered motorcycle while negotiating a bend,” the source said.

He said officers were also investigating whether the motorbike was going above the 50km/h speed limit when it crashed.

Hui, a restaurant kitchen worker, began the ride on his 249cc Kawasaki with his six friends at about 8pm on Tuesday, after dinner in To Kwa Wan. They went to Tai Mo Shan, the city’s highest mountain, before heading to the airport.

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When they reached South Perimeter Road and took a rest, Hui borrowed his friend’s Suzuki, which he then crashed.

Police appealed for witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact officers on 3661 1300 or 3661 1348.

The incident happened just days after a fatal collision between a coach and a taxi in Tsing Yi on Friday, which killed six people and injured 31 others.

Police figures showed 111 people died in 92 road accidents in the first 10 months of this year, including the Tai Po bus crash in February, which killed 19 and injured more than 60.

In the whole of last year, 132 people died in 129 traffic accidents.