Date
23 July 2017
The purple car was mangled beyond recognition, sandwiched between the cement mixer and a white seven-seater. Photo: Apple Daily
The purple car was mangled beyond recognition, sandwiched between the cement mixer and a white seven-seater. Photo: Apple Daily

Runaway truck kills Filipino maid, injures her employer

A cement mixer smashed into three vehicles on Pok Fu Lam Road, killing the driver of one of the cars and leaving her passenger in critical condition, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

As the truck was traveling down the steep road near Queen Mary Hospital at about 5 p.m. Monday, its driver lost control.

The heavy vehicle rammed a light goods van, causing it to somersault, before colliding with a purple car, which was thrust into the opposite lane and hit a white seven-seater.

The purple car ended up sandwiched between the cement mixer and the seven-seater.

Firefighters had to use an electric saw to cut open the mangled vehicle.

It took them more than an hour to remove the two women from the car.

The driver of the car, a 53-year-old Filipino domestic worker, was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.

Her 55-year-old passenger, surnamed Chu, the owner of an investment company, was her employer.

The three other drivers were injured and taken to Queen Mary Hospital.

As police investigated the crash, a senior officer in charge of traffic accidents on Hong Kong Island said only trucks with a weight of three tonnes or less are allowed on the slope where the accident occurred.

The cement mixer was estimated to weigh more than 30 tonnes, or 10 times the limit.

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