Date
30 March 2017
The accident scene at Tai Po Road in Sha Tin where a young car driver lost his life early Wednesday. Photos: Google Maps, RTHK
The accident scene at Tai Po Road in Sha Tin where a young car driver lost his life early Wednesday. Photos: Google Maps, RTHK

Young motorist dies as car collides with bus in wet weather

A 20-year-old man was killed early Wednesday when his car crashed head-on into a double-decker bus in Sha Tin amid wet weather.

Leo Siu Wing-kit was driving a Toyota Mark X toward Kowloon at about 7:45 am when the vehicle suddenly spun 360 degrees while approaching a curve near Luk Hop Village, Apple Daily reported.

The spin caused the car to cross into the opposite lane and collide with a KMB bus.

The bus driver, a 51-year-old man surnamed Wai, tried to avert the accident but didn’t succeed.

The bus smashed into the left side of the car, dragging it forward for about 30 meters and causing the death of Siu, who is said to have received his driving license only in June this year.

The curve near the Luk Hop Village, where the accident took place, is known to have taken five lives over the past 11 years.

Arriving at the scene, police and firemen managed to drag a blood-soaked Siu out of the car and sent him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The bus driver and seven passengers of the KMB vehicle were also taken to hospital as they sustained some injuries.

Chan Wing-fai, acting chief inspector of the New Territories South Traffic Investigation and Support Division, believes slippery road conditions and an oil spill may have contributed to the accident.

Police investigations will also focus on whether a mechanical fault was to blame, he said.

Siu was an employee of the Water Supplies Department. The department offered its condolences to his family for the tragic event.

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