Date
23 July 2017
The cargo truck driver lost control of the vehicle after the tires slipped on the wet road, blocking the traffic for more than an hour. Photo: Facebook
The cargo truck driver lost control of the vehicle after the tires slipped on the wet road, blocking the traffic for more than an hour. Photo: Facebook

Wayward lorry halts traffic at Tseung Kwan O tunnel

A goods truck stopped across both lanes of the Tseung Kwan O tunnel on Sunday afternoon, putting the traffic going to Tseung Kwan O to a complete halt for more than an hour, news website hk01.com reports.

The lorry’s tires were suspected to have slipped on the wet road, causing the vehicle to stop sideways across the tunnel.

Police said four vehicles were involved in the road accident, which took place at 2:21 p.m. on Sunday. No one was injured.

A photo of the stranded goods vehicle was uploaded to Facebook shortly after the accident, prompting many netizens to discuss how the driver could maneuver the truck, given the tight space available.

Tam Shek-fai, vice chairman of the Institute of Advanced Motorists Hong Kong, said if it was just a matter of the tires slipping on the road, the driver could reverse and move the truck back to the right lane.

However, given the narrow tunnel, a towing truck may be needed to resolve the situation, he said.

Tam warned that drivers should avoid braking heavily when their vehicles carry heavy loads, such as seafood with water.

According to Metro Daily Hong Kong, the cargo truck was traveling at a speed of around 50-60 kilometers per hour when the tires slipped.

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