A Hong Kong Baptist University student was seriously injured after she was hit by a truck while jogging back to her dormitory early Thursday, Headline Daily reports.
The 18-year-old student surnamed Lau was said to be listening to music with earphones while crossing Waterloo Road in Kowloon Tong at around 1 a.m. when the truck hit her, throwing her several meters away, police said.
Lau, a second year arts student at the university, sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The 45-year-old truck driver, surnamed Wong, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing grievious bodily harm.
He is said to have passed a breath test for alcohol.
The scene of the accident is known to be a traffic black spot. Another Baptist University student was killed in a similar accident on the other side of the road in April last year.
A member of the HKBU Students Union told Ming Pao Daily that many students prefer to jog at night inside the campus gym or at the Kowloon Tsai Park.
But since the temperature has dropped a bit, some student do their runs along La Salle Road to Lok Fu, a university professor surnamed Lei said.
Lo Kwok-Keung, a former engineering professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said it is not uncommon for people to use earphones to while away the time and block out street noise while jogging.
However, the volume could reach around 60 decibels, similar to the noise level on a busy street like Nathan Road, making it difficult for the user to hear car horns or calls from pedestrians, Lo said.
He said joggers should not wear earphones when crossing the road.
District Councillor Joe Ho pointed out that the road where the accident happened links up with the Lion Rock Tunnel, and is known to be busy with lots of speeding vehicles.
Sports specialists warned joggers to avoid using earphones at all times in view of the many road hazards.
Runners should also wear neon-colored or reflectorized clothing when running at night or carry portable light to ensure their visibility to motorists.
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