Date
23 January 2017
Professor Jim Chi-yung (inset) says the tree was probably more than 100 years old but its roots had been damaged by fungi and weakened by repeated road works in the area. Photos: Metro Daily, Ming Pao Daily
Professor Jim Chi-yung (inset) says the tree was probably more than 100 years old but its roots had been damaged by fungi and weakened by repeated road works in the area. Photos: Metro Daily, Ming Pao Daily

Elderly couple walk away after tree crushes car

An elderly couple can thank their lucky stars after escaping unharmed when a tree fell on their car.

It took firefighters some time to cut the tree and free the couple from the wreck of their black Mercedes-Benz, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

The accident took place in Bonham Road in Hong Kong’s Sai Wan district when the 18-meter tree smashed the car with 200 tons of force. 

The car was being driven by a 67-year-old man, surnamed Wong, with his wife in the passenger seat.  

They were trapped inside the vehicle, wedged in by the massive trunk at least 1.5 meters in diameter.

The tree was gazetted in September 2004 under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

A spokesman for the Drainage Services Department, which is responsible for the maintenance of trees, apologized to the couple and promised an investigation.

He said the department had recently completed an inspection of the tree and the ground.

Professor Jim Chi-yung of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) said the tree was probably more than 100 years old.

Its roots had been damaged by fungi and weakened by repeated road works in the area.

In 2008, a female HKU student was killed when an old tree fell on her in Stanley district.

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