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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Rental company GoGoVan confirms one of its vans was involved in fatal crash on Friday night

  • A 32-year-old woman was thrown from the rented vehicle and died in the collision on Leung Cheung Road in Wong Tai Sin
  • A man also died in a car crash in the border town of Lau Fau Shan on Friday afternoon, while 10 people were injured in a three-vehicle pile-up
PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 January, 2019, 6:27pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 January, 2019, 11:43am

A van involved in a fatal traffic accident Friday evening was serving the popular mobile app-powered delivery firm GoGoVan, the company has confirmed.

The firm put up a statement on its Facebook page late Friday night after a 32-year-old woman who had rented one of its vans was thrown from it in the collision on Lung Cheung Road near Hammer Hill Road, Wong Tai Sin.

“GoGoVan confirms the vehicle involved was a light goods van of ours,” the statement reads. “It was serving one of our users at the time of accident,”

“We are looking into the matter and will closely follow it up.”

The crash happened shortly before 8pm. The woman sustained severe head injuries and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.

The van’s male driver, 28, was unhurt. He was later arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

Police are investigating the case, with one of the lines of enquiry being whether the van was carrying any goods.

Under the Road Traffic Ordinance, it is illegal for a light goods vehicle to carry passengers for hire and reward. Often, the insurance covering such vehicles is only valid when it is not taking passengers for money.

GoGoVan, founded in 2013, is one of Hong Kong’s best-known start-ups. It has established a sprawling online logistics and freight operation in more than 10 cities across Asia, including the mainland.

Also on Friday, one man and 10 people were injured in three separate traffic accidents in Hong Kong on Friday.

The other fatal crash – the third road fatality in six days in the city – happened near Deep Bay Road in the border town of Lau Fau Shan around 3pm.

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A 61-year-old man was attempting to recharge a truck’s battery using a second truck when the truck being charged rolled forward suddenly and struck him.

A police spokeswoman said a man was taken unconscious to Tin Shui Wai Hospital, where he was declared dead. Officers from the New Territories North traffic accident investigation unit were handling the case.

Around three and a half hours earlier, six men and four women were injured in a three-vehicle pile-up in the Yuen Long-bound San Tin Highway, Lok Ma Chau.

Five fire engines and five ambulances were deployed following the collision between a coach and two trucks.

“The two truck drivers and eight passengers from the coach were injured in the incident,” she said.

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A section of the highway was closed for traffic as officers were investigating the cause of the incident.

There were fatal traffic accidents in Shau Kei Wan on Sunday and Tai Po on Wednesday.

In the Shau Kei Wan crash, a taxi driver, 55, died after his cab rammed into a stationary car on the Island Eastern Corridor at about 5.12am on Sunday.

On Wednesday, a 58-year-old man was killed when he was knocked down by a truck in Wan Tau Street, Tai Po soon after 5.30pm.

Additional reporting by Danny Mok