Driver injured in tanker truck plunge

Local | Charlotte Luo 14 Jun 2019

A 36-year-old driver sustained head and hand injuries after the tanker truck he was driving went off the road and plummeted 30 meters on to a sports ground near Shek Kip Mei yesterday morning.

The driver, Lau, was trapped inside the truck and had to be rescued by firemen.

The accident happened at 5.57am when Lau was driving on Lung Cheung Road, as he apparently lost control of the truck while passing by the Shek Kip Mei Service Reservoir Playground.

The truck plunged 30 meters down a slope and landed sideways. Lau was stuck inside before he was freed and taken to hospital. He is recovering after undergoing surgery.

Oil was seen dripping from the truck before it was removed. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

The area of Lung Cheung Road in the direction of Tsuen Wan was blocked for a few hours.

A source said Lau started work at 4am yesterday and was transporting 6,000 liters of oil from Tsing Yi, and delivering it to the oil station in Kowloon East. The accident occurred when he was driving back to Tsuen Wan.

His brother said Lau has years of experience driving oil trucks.

A person in charge at the oil shipment company said Lau has worked for the firm for several years with a good work attitude. He added Lau had been behaving normally over the past few days and didn't seem overly tired.

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