Date
17 October 2018
Police suspect a bout of dizziness led an elderly driver into a fatal accident on the San Tin Highway on Sunday. Photo: tvb.com
Police suspect a bout of dizziness led an elderly driver into a fatal accident on the San Tin Highway on Sunday. Photo: tvb.com

Man, 62, dies after crashing van into parked truck on highway

A 62-year-old van driver died and another person suffered minor injuries after an accident on the San Tin Highway in Lok Ma Chau on Sunday.

The accident took place as a van rammed into a box truck that had been parked in a fast lane after suffering a flat tire. 

Following the collision, the van driver — a person surnamed Leung — had severe head injuries and appeared to lapse into a coma.

After police and firemen arrived on the scene, he was pulled out of the vehicle with his face covered in blood. He was sent to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead later, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The accident happened at about 11 am on the Sheung Shui-bound San Tin Highway near Shek Wu Wai after a truck driver, 34, parked his vehicle on the road following a tire blowout.

As the box truck driver, a man surnamed Cheung, was waiting for roadside service, a 7-seater van driven by Leung suddenly rammed the truck from behind.

The van struck at a high speed, causing severe damage to the van and serious head wounds to Leung.

Cheung, meanwhile, escaped with minor injuries.

Police suspect the elderly van driver may have suffered a bout of dizziness that impaired his vision and led to him to crash his vehicle into the parked truck on the road.

According to Cheung, the accident happened in just about one minute after he turned on the hazard warning lights of his truck.

Investigations revealed that Leung, who owned a recycling company and lived in Yuen Long with his family, went to see a doctor right before he drove his van to Lok Ma Chau.

He was planning to head for the mainland from there.

Officers from the Special Investigation Team of traffic, New Territories North, are conducting a probe. The police have urged witnesses to come forward and provide information, Apple Daily reports.

Dr. Ringo Lee Yiu-pui, chairman of the Institute of the Motor industry Hong Kong, said a driver who suffers a flat tire in a fast lane poses a danger for other drivers as well as to himself.

He reminded motorists that in cases of such vehicle breakdowns, one should turn on the hazard flashers immediately and take the vehicle slowly into a slow lane or the roadside before seeking assistance.

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