Date
16 October 2018
Police officers inspect the scene of the accident on Yuen Long Highway on Thursday. Photo: TVB News
Police officers inspect the scene of the accident on Yuen Long Highway on Thursday. Photo: TVB News

Woman, 48, dies after being hit by minibus on Yuen Long highway

Police are investigating a traffic accident in Yuen Long in which a 48-year-old woman was killed.

According to Apple Daily, the victim, who was with her mother, was driving her car along the fast lane of Yuen Long Highway towards Tuen Mun at around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, when the vehicle bumped the back of a light goods vehicle (LGV) driven by a 44-year-old man.

The woman got off her car to talk to the LGV driver, but they agreed not to report to the police.

As the woman was returning to her car, a green minibus with route number 44A hit her after swiping the left side of her vehicle.

The woman was thrown about 10 meters away and lay unconscious on the ground with serious head injuries. Her prosthetic right leg had fallen off.

Responding paramedics rushed her to Tin Shui Wai Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The minibus driver, 63, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death, while the LGV driver was arrested for dangerous driving and misleading police officers.

Initial investigation led police to suspect that the LGV driver had stopped abruptly to avoid three large steel pipes lying along the highway near the scene of the accident.

Police urged witnesses to contact the investigating officers at tel. no. 3661 3800.

Dr. Ringo Lee Yiu-pui, chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry Hong Kong, warned drivers against coming out of their vehicles if they get into an accident on a highway, especially in the fast lane, where cars move at high speed and may pose great danger.

Instead of trying to argue with each other over who should be responsible for the accident, the first thing they should do is move their cars to a safe place as soon as possible and call the police for help, Lee said.

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