Date
15 December 2017
The vehicle hit a crash barrier on the highway, resulting in the driver's door being forced open. The 42-year-old driver was sent flying out of the lorry. Photo: Internet
The vehicle hit a crash barrier on the highway, resulting in the driver's door being forced open. The 42-year-old driver was sent flying out of the lorry. Photo: Internet

Driver dies in crash during Typhoon Pakhar

A lorry driver was killed when he was thrown out of the vehicle at the height of Typhoon Pakhar on Sunday.

Chan Kim-fail, was traveling from Yuen Long to Tuen Mun with two passengers when the truck was blown over by strong winds near Zhenzhen Bay Bridge at around 7 a.m.

The vehicle hit a crash barrier on the highway, resulting in the driver’s door being forced open, Apple Daily reports.

The 42-year-old driver was sent flying out of the lorry.

Chan’s wife, 38, and a male colleague, surnamed Yu, 22, suffered minor injuries. 

Preliminary investigations showed all three had been wearing their seat belts but the police are looking into why Chan got thrown out of the vehicle.

Chan decided to pick up his wife after her overnight shift in a laundry shop on Yuen Long Fuk Hi Street.

The three set off after typhoon signal No. 8 had been hoisted. The passengers were both seated in the front row, with Chan’s wife in the middle.

After being swept by a gust of wind, the goods vehicle swung from the third lane into a crash barrier and overturned.

Chan was flung out of his seat and was left unconscious by the road side. Chan’s wife had minor cuts on her face. Yu suffered scratches on his left knee.

The three were taken to Tuen Mun Hospital where Chan was later pronounced dead.

Yu told reporters that the car suddenly “slipped” and overturned before Chan was thrown out of the vehicle. “Everything happened so fast I only knew I was holding my head,” he said. He pulled Chan’s wife out of the car after the accident.

Investigators observed a six-meter long tire mark on the highway. The vehicle was a wreck.

Lo Kok-keung, a former engineering professor in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said judging from the tire mark and the wreckage, the goods vehicle had been going over 110 km per hour and that the driver had lost control.

Lo said despite the fact that the vehicle could have hit the crash barrier with a force of nearly eight to 10 tons, the seat belt should have protected the driver from being thrown out.

The seat belt could have malfunctioned or the driver might not have been buckled up properly, he said.

Chan and his wife have an 18-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. He worked two jobs to support the family.

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