21 October 2016
Wong Wing-yin (inset) died when her car was crushed by a train. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Wong Wing-yin (inset) died when her car was crushed by a train. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Hong Kong woman dies in car-train crash in Taiwan

A woman from Hong Kong died when the car she was driving broke into a railway level crossing in Taiwan and was hit by a train, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Wong Wing-yin, 22, who was studying at Shih Chien University and just got her Taiwanese driver’s license last month, was reportedly taking her pet dog for a shower Monday evening.

She tried to drive her boyfriend’s car through the level crossing at an intersection in the Gushan district of Kaohsiung in the south of the island.

Wong appeared to fail to see the barrier at the level crossing.

She broke through it and stopped on the tracks.

The car was then hit by a train.

Closed-circuit television footage showed Wong breaking through the barrier 29 seconds after it was lowered.

Within three seconds, the train hit the car and pushed it 200 meters before coming to a stop.

Wong showed no signs of life at the scene and was confirmed dead at Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital.

A security officer who witnessed the accident said an alarm sounded while the barrier was lowered.

When he saw Wong driving into the level crossing, he said, he shouted to her to drive away immediately.

After an initial investigation, the Taiwan highways authority said there were nearly 30 seconds between the lowering of the barrier and the arrival of the train at the crossing, ruling out the possibility that an error had occurred in the warning system.

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