Date
23 July 2017
Cyclists should slow down on downward slopes as high speed can sometimes cause braking problems, according to an expert. Photo: HK Government
Cyclists should slow down on downward slopes as high speed can sometimes cause braking problems, according to an expert. Photo: HK Government

Woman dies in Yuen Long mountain cycling crash

A woman died after her bicycle crashed into a tree on the MacLehose Trail in Yuen Long on Sunday.

The incident took place at about 2:30 p.m. when the 57-year-old retired social worker, surnamed Chiang, was cycling with her husband and several friends, Sing Tao Daily reports.

As they approached a steep section of the trail near Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, she was heard crying that she could not stop her bicycle.

The bicycle crashed into a tree. She lay unconscious after hitting her head on the ground, with her helmet broken by the impact.

Police who arrived at the scene soon after receiving a call sent her to Pok Oi Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The case was listed as a traffic accident. The Special Investigation Team of New Territories North traffic unit is trying to confirm if her death was linked to brake failure.

Ho Siu-lun, a former member of the Hong Kong Cycling team and now the principal of a cycling school, said it is important for cyclists to slow down on downward slopes because high speed can sometimes cause braking problems.

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