Hong Kong police probe two accidents involving drivers killed by their own vehicles

Hong Kong police are investigating two separate traffic accidents involving drivers being killed by their own vehicles.

The force on Thursday said the first incident took place on Wednesday afternoon, when a school bus driver accidentally fell out of his vehicle and was run over.

The second was reported hours later after another driver was pinned between his container truck and several water tanks after the vehicle suddenly rolled backwards.

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Police appealed for witnesses to come forward if they had knowledge of either incident.

The force said the earlier incident was reported at 4.11pm that day, adding the 47-year-old victim surnamed Choi was driving a school bus as he prepared to leave a car park at a housing estate on Hammer Hill Road in Wong Tai Sin.

“The school bus reportedly skidded forward and the man was rolled over by the school bus,” a police spokesman said.

A source said the victim had tried to pay with his Octopus card to exit the parking zone before he fell out of the bus.

The victim was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with multiple injuries, later falling unconscious before he was certified dead at 9.39pm.

The force’s Kowloon East special investigation team for traffic is investigating the case, with witnesses urged to contact them via 3661 0264 or 3661 0277.

The first victim was certified dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Dickson Lee

The second fatal accident took place in Tin Shui Wai and was reported to police at 6.35pm on Wednesday.

Police said an initial investigation showed the victim, a 67-year-old man surnamed Yuen, parked his container truck on a slope at around 2.40pm.

The vehicle then rolled backwards after he stepped out, knocking him over and trapping him between the truck and several water tanks, they said.

Yuen suffered multiple injuries and was certified dead at the scene, the force said.

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Officers from the New Territories north special investigation team for traffic are investigating the case, with witnesses urged to contact police at 3661 3800.

Provisional police data logged 2,400 traffic accidents resulting in injuries in the first two months of this year. The incidents also included 15 deaths.

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