A man driving along a road in Cheung Sha Wan on Sunday had a lucky escape as a steel plate fell off another moving vehicle on the highway and smashed into the windshield of his car.
In the freak accident that took place at around 9 am, the metal object, weighing about eight pounds, struck the 32-year-old man’s car before landing on a passenger seat next to the driver.
Fortunately, no one was sitting in that seat at that time as the man was driving alone, Metropolis Daily reports, noting that it helped avert a potential fatal disaster.
The motorist, identified as Kenneth Au Yeung, was on Ching Cheung Road and heading in the Kwun Tong direction when the incident took place.
He was right opposite the Caritas Medical Centre when the metal object struck his car.
Police are now looking for a dump truck which is said to have been the source of the flying steel plate.
According to video footage from a dash camera in Au Yeung’s car, the metal object came from a dump truck on the opposite lane.
The steel plate broke through the left side of the windshield on Au Yeung’s vehicle and fell on an empty passenger seat before landing on the car floor.
According to Ming Pao Daily News, the steel object was one-foot long and four inches in width. Following the crash, it left visible scratch marks on the passenger seat.
Au Yeung said it was lucky that he was driving alone and that his wife was not onboard. He doesn’t plan to pursue the case, but said he hopes that people would pay more attention to road safety.
In an earlier incident, a 60-year-old driver was killed in January when a large stone struck the windscreen of his car in an accident in the West Kowloon Corridor.
Driver killed by flying rock in freak accident (Jan. 12, 2016)
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