Date
24 March 2017
A man (left) was arrested after a vehicle he was driving rammed into a railing on the Tsing Ma Bridge, killing a fellow passenger. Photos: Now TV, Apple Daily
A man (left) was arrested after a vehicle he was driving rammed into a railing on the Tsing Ma Bridge, killing a fellow passenger. Photos: Now TV, Apple Daily

Man arrested for negligent driving after fatal bridge accident

Hong Kong police have arrested a man for negligent driving after he crashed a car on the Tsing Ma Bridge Wednesday morning, killing one of his fellow passengers, DBC reported.

The arrest came after the vehicle rammed into a railing on the iconic bridge. Apart from the driver, there were two others in the car, which was heading toward Kowloon.  

A 58-year-old man sitting in the back seat was killed in the accident as he suffered a head injury, while the others had a lucky escape.

Following the incident, the driver has been charged with careless driving, according to the report. 

The three people in the vehicle were all working for a construction company, said Ma Wai-hung, senior inspector of police in the traffic accident investigation team in New Territories South.

It is believed that all the three had worked for nearly 23 hours before making the fateful journey.

Ma said the police will investigate whether the accident was caused due to exhaustion of the driver after a long period of work. 

Edmond Lai, director (human resources) at Gammon Construction Ltd., which employed the three workers, told i-Cable that it is not proper to link the accident to the working hours without sufficient proof. 

Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, said it is common practice for construction workers to work overtime, especially when they can receive extra payment for the overtime period.

He said it may be time to review the rules regarding overtime work.

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