Date
28 March 2017
The intersection of Kam Sheung Road and Tung Wui Road, where the deadly accident happened, is considered an accident-prone thoroughfare. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Map
The intersection of Kam Sheung Road and Tung Wui Road, where the deadly accident happened, is considered an accident-prone thoroughfare. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Map

Truck driver in deadly Yuen Long accident faces charges

A 70-year-old truck driver who figured in a deadly car accident in Yuen Long on Friday was set to be charged with dangerous driving causing death at a Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Four people, including a three-month-old baby, were killed and 14 others were injured when the minibus they were riding was hit by the truck at the intersection of Kam Sheung Road and Tung Wui Road at about 4:40 p.m. on Friday, Metro Daily reported.

Among the injured were Tang Ying-chi, a member of the Hong Kong women’s football team, and her mother who remained in critical condition at the Tuen Mun Hospital. They are the dead girl’s aunt and grandmother.

Lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung said what the truck driver, surnamed Cheung, did was more serious than careless driving as the truck itself became a lethal weapon.

The prosecutor might consider charging him with “killing by mistake”, he said.

According to some witnesses, Cheung showed no sympathy to the minibus passengers but only worried about how much damage his truck sustained.

Describing the horrible scene, a 40-year-old Pakistani who happened to pass by right after the accident, said he found a cloth to cover a woman’s head that was detached from the body.

He said he and other passersby tried to set the minibus upright but they were stopped by firemen. (He could be seen in the second video below.)

The Labour and Welfare Bureau is providing assistance to families of the victims.

Lai Wai-hung, a district council member, called on the authorities to improve the design of the intersection, noting that an average of 70 accidents have been occurring there every year.

Videos of the accident (Warning: Viewers may find content disturbing)

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