Date
24 March 2017
A taxi driven has been arrested following an accident on the Tsing Kwai Highway that killed two road maintenance workers. Photos: Google Maps, DBC
A taxi driven has been arrested following an accident on the Tsing Kwai Highway that killed two road maintenance workers. Photos: Google Maps, DBC

Highway maintenance workers killed after being hit by taxi

Two road maintenance workers were killed and another seriously injured after a taxi plowed into them on the Tsing Kwai Highway early Tuesday.

The accident happened on a Kowloon-bound lane of the highway across Mei Foo Sun Chuen in Lai Chi Kok, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

At around 4:25 am, a taxi driven by a 54-year-old man rammed into a highway maintenance truck before hitting three men who were on duty for some repair work.

Police suspect that the taxi driver was dozing at the wheel when the deadly collision took place.

By the time police officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, one of the highway maintenance workers — a 41-year-old bearing the surname Chan — was already dead.

Another worker, who was aged 49, was found lying on the ground after being thrown off the windshield of the taxi following a collision.

He was in a coma and was immediately sent to hospital, where he was pronounced dead later.

A third worker, aged 33, meanwhile was in a critical condition.

The 49-year-old dead worker, a father of two, took up the highway maintenance job so that he can make more money and pay for the medical expenses of a 10-year-old daughter who suffers from leukemia.

Following his death, his wife and two children are faced with financial distress.

As for the other dead worker, he was said to be taking care of his elderly mother along with a brother, according to Apple Daily.

The Highways Department has expressed condolences to the victims’ families, and the road contractor has promised to provide necessary assistance.

The taxi driver has been arrested for dangerous driving even as the police continue their investigations into the accident.

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