Biker escapes flying wheel

Local | 24 Jan 2021 2:00 pm

A flying wheel has scared a motorcyclist to think twice about whether to give up driving after he narrowly escaped death when the wheel of a truck in front barely missed him on a highway.

The 37-year-old motorcyclist, Lo, was taken to the hospital after sustaining minor injuries to his hands.

The accident occurred on Tsing Kwai Highway Saturday when a flying wheel, which came loose from a moving truck, bounced across an embankment toward Lo, who was driving his motorcycle on the opposite side of the road.

Lo immediately swerved his motorcycle from the fast lane into the slow lane in an attempt to dodge the loose wheel whereas the 37-year-old truck driver, Yeung, screeched his vehicle to a halt.

Lo’s motorcycle initially swayed from side to side, but he managed to regain the balance of his motorcycle within a few seconds.

The loose wheel then crashed into a car that came behind Lo, causing the vehicle’s bumper to get detached.

The incident was captured on dashcam footage which was uploaded onto the Internet.

Later, police combed a section of the highway to investigate the accident.

A separate video uploaded by Lo captured the damages of his motorcycle, including the ruptured water tank.

“I luckily escaped the misfortune [death] this time...I might give up driving later,” Lo said in the video.

In a similar accident in Yau Ma Tei on December 7 last year a wheel came off from a dump truck, but no one was injured.

The driver was heading to Kwai Chung along a bridge on Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei, when the incident happened.

The case was classified as “dangerous driving”.

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