A senior Hong Kong police officer has suffered neck injuries after a car crash on Tuesday in Hokkaido, Japan, where he was believed to be on a Christmas vacation with his family.
Director of Crime and Security Li Chi-hang, 55, was conscious after the accident but felt numb in the lower half of his body, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing a source from the police department.
Following the accident that took place near Otaru city, Li was taken by a helicopter to a Japanese hospital where he received surgery.
It is understood that Li was among the passengers in a seven-seater van when it collided head-on with another car traveling on the opposite lane.
After Li was sent to a hospital, he called the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s 1868 hotline for help on his own, and also informed his superior Chris Tang Ping-keung, who is Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations).
The police and the Immigration Department have sent officers to Japan to assist Li, RTHK reported.
Li has been working for the force since 1988. He became director of crime and security early this year.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the other vehicle involved in Tuesday’s road accident had among its occupants a veteran Hong Kong actor, Eric Tsang Chi-wai.
Tsang, 65, was said to have been driving with a female friend, with some rumors suggested was his makeup artist.
In response to media inquiries, Tsang’s son Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung and daughter Bowie Tsang confirmed that their dad ran into a car accident in Hokkaido but he was fine.
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