Date
26 July 2017
Filipina Aying Mission Reolope (inset) was killed after the car she was driving figured in a multiple highway pile-up triggered by a runaway truck. Photo: Ming Pao, Facebook
Filipina Aying Mission Reolope (inset) was killed after the car she was driving figured in a multiple highway pile-up triggered by a runaway truck. Photo: Ming Pao, Facebook

Death truck was 10 times highway weight limit

The driver of a runaway truck that killed a woman in a four-vehicle highway pile-up said no one told him about any weight restrictions in Pok Fu Lam Road where Monday’s accident occurred.

He said he had used the road many times in the past without incident, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The man is facing a charge of dangerous driving causing death. He was granted bail and instructed to report to the police next month.

If convicted of breaking highway regulations, he could be fined up to HK$5,000 (US$645) and jailed up to three months, the report said, citing legal experts.

He faces a fine and imprisonment for up to 10 years if found guilty of causing death through dangerous driving. 

Police said the man was driving a 30-ton cement mixer truck, 10 times the weight limit for Pok Fu Lam Road.

The truck has been impounded for further investigation for suspected braking problems.

The driver said he lost control of the truck before he plowed into a car and triggered the four-way smash-up.

The impact sent a light goods vehicle soaring into the air before colliding with a car that was then thrown into the opposite lane and crashed into another vehicle.

Aying Mission Reolope, a 53-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was driving one of the cars, died on the way to hospital.

Her 55-year-old employer, who was riding with her, suffered serious injuries.

A spokesman for the Transport Department said there have been no records of vehicles above the weight limit entering the Pok Fu Lam section of the highway.

He said the weight restriction is clearly marked along the carriageway.

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