Law and Enforcement

TRAM DRIVER KNOCKS DOWN AND KILLS WOMAN ON WAN CHAI TRACKS

Police on the scene in Wan Chai this morning. Pedestrians get a raw deal in the neighbourhood, with dozens of construction projects and pavements used for loading

An illegally placed skip obstructs road and pedestrian visibility at the point Mrs Wong crossed the road – other obstacles on the opposite pavement (inset) may deter people from walking to nearby pedestrian crossings

A tram driver knocked down and fatally injured a woman in Wan Chai yesterday evening.

Police say they have “not yet” arrested the driver, Mr Wong, 60, who was driving the tram westbound on Hennessy Road at around 4pm when he struck Mrs Wong, 88, who was crossing the road.

Mrs Wong suffered severe head injuries and was rushed unconscious to Ruttonjee Hospital, where she succumbed around 90 minutes later.

This morning, police officers investigating the crash would not comment on the cause.

The scene around CNT House on Hennessy Road shows many hazards for pedestrians, including visual and physical obstructions on the pavement and an illegally parked construction skip opposite the crash site which would obstruct a pedestrian’s view of oncoming traffic or trams.

There were 22 injuries on the tram network in 2019, three of them serious and all of them aboard the tram when injured.

A source said investigation is still underway.

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