Date
18 November 2018
A huge traffic jam occurred at the Lion Rock Tunnel after an excavator was dislodged from a Kowloon-bound truck, hitting the gantry and causing it to collapse. Photo: Internet
A huge traffic jam occurred at the Lion Rock Tunnel after an excavator was dislodged from a Kowloon-bound truck, hitting the gantry and causing it to collapse. Photo: Internet

Collapsed gantry triggers huge traffic jam at Lion Rock Tunnel

A huge traffic jam occurred at Lion Rock Tunnel on Tuesday afternoon after a giant gantry intended to hold traffic signs outside the Kowloon exit flipped over to its side when it was hit by an excavator.

The incident took place at around 4 p.m. when a Kowloon-bound truck carrying an excavator was passing through the tunnel, Apple Daily reports.

As the truck was leaving the tunnel, the excavator it was carrying was dislodged and hit the gantry.

The impact caused one leg of the gantry to snap and fall right on the excavator.

No one was injured in the incident, but police closed the Kowloon-bound lanes of the tunnel and converted the lanes toward Sha Tin into two-way traffic.

Due to the traffic arrangement, a long line of vehicles stretched along the Kowloon-bound Lion Rock Tunnel Road all the way to Sun Tin Wai in Sha Tin. A queue also extended to Waterloo Road near the junction with Suffolk Road on the opposite side.

The truck owner said the driver had a good record, but suspected that the incident might have resulted from speeding rather than overloading of the truck or the excavator exceeding the height limit of the tunnel.

The Kowloon-bound lanes of the tunnel were not re-opened until about 11 p.m, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

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