Date
22 November 2017
Two members of a Hong Kong family were killed and two others injured after their rental car crashed on a highway in Australia. Photo: Facebook / Internet
Two members of a Hong Kong family were killed and two others injured after their rental car crashed on a highway in Australia. Photo: Facebook / Internet

Two Hongkongers dead in Australia car crash

Two members of a Hong Kong family were killed and two others severely injured after their rental car crashed on a highway during a tour in Australia, Apple Daily reports.

The car slammed into a bridge on the Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek before landing in a culvert at around 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The wife and her mother died on the spot while the father and his son were left in critical condition and were taken to hospital in the Gold Coast.

About 30 people surrounded the scene of the accident, hindering rescue efforts by the police, hk01.com reports.

Both the 47-year-old father, surnamed Yip, and his 46-year-old wife, surnamed Lam, are nurses in Hong Kong public hospitals and they live in Western District.

According to reports, despite his injuries, Yip called his hospital to take leave. His colleagues were saddened after learning that his wife and 64-year-old mother-in-law had died.

Ip is known to be a jogging and hiking fan and frequently travels abroad with his wife.

The family went to Australia in 2009 and had also been to Taiwan in April 2015, as well as the UK in August 2015. They have rented a car in each of these trips.

Making use of the summer holiday, the couple brought their son and mother-in-law to Brisbane, capital of Queensland state. They visited the Springbrook National Park and Byron Bay before the tragedy occurred.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department said it is in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Hong Kong and the Chinese consulate in Brisbane to learn more about the incident. The department has also contacted the survivors and other family members.

This was the second car crash in Australia involving Hong Kong tourists in five years.

In September 2012, a minivan carrying two men and a woman crashed into a tree on a highway in New South Wales, leaving the driver dead and the two passengers injured.

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