Date
24 October 2017
The buffalo was trying to cross San Tam Road in Yuen Long when the accident happened on Monday night. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
The buffalo was trying to cross San Tam Road in Yuen Long when the accident happened on Monday night. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

On camera: Car hits buffalo crossing Yuen Long road

A buffalo was hit in the head by a Mercedes Benz saloon while crossing San Tam Road in Yuen Long on Monday night, and the incident was captured on a dash camera inside another vehicle cruising on the opposite lane, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

After ramming into the car and getting thrown to the ground, the buffalo struggled to get on its feet and staggered back to the other side of the road before disappearing into the bushes.

The driver of the car with the surveillance camera, surnamed Wan, said there were two buffaloes trying to cross San Tam Road.

One buffalo made it safely to the other side of the road, and the other one tried to follow the leader.

Wan had to stop his car in front of the second buffalo, which was then hit by an oncoming car.

The Mercedes driver probably did not see the buffalo as it was behind another car coming from the opposite side, Wan said.

Wan said he did not get off his car to check on the injured buffalo and was not sure if the Mercedes driver had called the police.

He said he flashed his lights to alert the Mercedes driver but regretted not having sounded his horn as well.

Police said it had not received any report of a traffic accident on San Tam Road on Monday night.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said it had no report of any injured or dead buffalo in the area recently.

Lantau Buffalo Association chairman Ho Loy said buffaloes are stronger than cattle and the impact of the collision was not too powerful, judging from the video clip.

Ho called on motorists to reduce speed in streets where cattle and buffaloes are roaming.

Under the Road Traffic Ordinance, a driver must stop the vehicle in case of accidents, including those involving an animal, and the incident must be reported to the police within 24 hours.

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