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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Cement mixer truck topples over in Hong Kong tunnel, disrupting traffic for five hours

Driver, 45, escaped with arm and leg injuries

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2018, 1:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2018, 6:52pm

The driver of a cement mixer truck escaped serious injury on Wednesday when his vehicle toppled on its side in a tunnel in Hong Kong before the morning rush hour, disrupting traffic for hours.

The truck hit the kerb and tipped over on its left side soon after 7.30am, police said, causing the closure of the southbound carriageway of the Kai San Road underpass in San Po Kong.

A police spokeswoman said the driver, 45, suffered arm and leg injuries and was taken conscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment. She added that he passed a breathalyser test, and no one was arrested.

A one-lane-two-way arrangement was implemented at the tunnel’s northbound carriageway to resolve the traffic jam, the Transport Department said, adding that the truck was likely to be removed after lunchtime, and the carriageway would be reopened in the afternoon.

Normal traffic operations resumed at 3.30pm.

Separately, the driver of a tourist bus was arrested after the vehicle hit an 82-year-old man on Tung Sing Road, Aberdeen at about 8am.

The victim was trapped under the bus and had to be freed by firefighters, police said. He was treated at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam and was in critical condition.

Police arrested the 52-year-old driver on suspicion of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. As of noon, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.