Rammed bridge at Tsing Yi disrupts rail traffic

Local | Mandy Zheng 10 Jul 2020

A vessel rammed the bottom of Rambler Channel Bridge, disrupting rail traffic to the airport and Tung Chung for about an hour yesterday.

The tugboat was towing an empty sand barge under the bridge in Tsing Yi at about 11.40am when its crane bumped against a pier of the bridge.

Its crew said the crash happened because they did not retract the crane when heading to the loading area in Gin Drinkers Bay, also known as Lap Sap Wan, in Kwai Chung.

The crew managed to sail away from the pier, withdraw the crane and cross under the bridge.

MTR Corp said it was informed at about 11.45am by the marine department, after which the company paused train operations on the bridge.

Train services between Hong Kong and Tsing Yi, and Lai King and Tsing Yi Station, were suspended, with delays between other stations. Free shuttle buses were arranged. At about 1pm, the MTR resumed traffic on both lines.

But some passengers complained about MTR's handling, as many at Tung Chung Station had to wait before noon for about 20 minutes for a train without being notified of the reason.

A woman, Wong, said she had a lunch appointment with friends in Central, but was forced to get off at Tsing Yi. "They should have told us earlier that the train couldn't reach the destination. I feel that my time was wasted," Wong said.

Separately, a dump truck driver was arrested yesterday in connection with a hit-and-run accident in Aberdeen that killed a 90-year-old woman.

The woman, Chiu, was knocked down by a 24-tonne truck while crossing Reservoir Road at about 7.30 am.

The truck, which was heading to Aberdeen Main Road, did not stop, despite calls from passersby, while the unconscious victim lay on the street. She was certified dead before reaching Queen Mary Hospital.

A 54-year-old male, Law, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.

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