Cabbie killed as taxi slams into broken-down car

Local | Cindy Wan 31 Dec 2018

A taxi driver was killed after his vehicle crashed into a black Mercedes-Benz that broke down on the side of a road, marking the second fatal accident involving stationary vehicles within a month.

The Mercedes car, which had a mainland plate, was traveling from Heng Fa Chuen along the Island Eastern Corridor.

The fatal crash occurred after the car broke down at 5.12 am and stopped near Oi Tung Estate in Shau Kei Wan as its hazard lights kept flashing.

As the 36-year-old female driver, surnamed Yip, was waiting for her car to be towed away, a taxi suddenly slammed into the rear of her vehicle.

The unconscious 55-year-old taxi driver, surnamed Chan, was rescued from the severely damaged taxi and brought to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

Yip, who sustained injuries to her legs, was also sent to the same hospital for treatment.

Yip's husband was aboard the black Mercedes, but was unhurt. He told police he had a few drinks, which was why his wife was driving.

He also told police that he will seek compensation as the taxi crashed into his car while its hazard lights were flashing.

An investigation has been launched by the Special Investigation Team of Traffic of the Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters.

Police have called on people who witnessed the accident to contact their investigating officers at 3660-6800.

The crash was the second fatal traffic accident in a month involving a broken-down car on the roadside hit by another vehicle.

On November 30, a non-franchised airport coach operated by Kwoon Chung Bus Holdings collided with a taxi that had broken down on Cheung Tsing Highway in front of the North West Tsing Yi Interchange as it was carrying airport staff to work.

Six people died and 31 others were injured in that accident.

According to Transport Department guidelines, a driver should switch on hazard lights once and steer the vehicle to the nearside lane or hard shoulder as soon as possible.

The driver should also alert police and provide the strategic route number, traffic bound and chainage marker information to the rescue crew.

The driver may also set up flashing light about 50 to 100 meters behind the vehicle.

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