A truck loaded with construction materials hurtled down the steep slope of Peel Street in Central for about 50 meters, before ramming the wall of Pak Kung Temple on Staunton Street.
Two pedestrians, a 64-year-old man surnamed Wu and a 31-year-old woman surnamed Yip, sustained minor injuries after the runaway truck nearly knocked them down in high speed, Headline Daily reported.
They were treated for bruises, but there was no need for hospitalization.
The accident took place at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The 48-year-old driver, surnamed Lo, parked his truck on 69 Peel Street, which has an incline of 25 degrees.
When Lo started the truck, the engine suddenly went dead and the braking system failed, causing it to roll down the slope in a free fall.
Pedestrians scampered in panic as the truck stormed down Peel Street. The vehicle finally stopped after it rammed into a wall adjacent to the Pak Kung Temple.
Residents said the incident would have had a more disastrous outcome if it hit a staircase only several meters away. The truck was towed away for police examination.
A female resident said Pak Kung Temple has been protecting the neighborhood from serious accidents and calamities for a long time.
According to ancient folklore, Pak Kung was a herbalist who practiced Chinese medicine. He did not charge anything for medical consultation and would give away medicines and money to the sick and needy.
People built a temple to commemorate and worship him. During the ’60s and ’70s, police officers prayed at the temple to seek help in cracking criminal cases.
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