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WOMAN DIES, LUCKY ESCAPE FOR MOTORISTS, AS HUGE SCAFFOLDING STRUCTURE COLLAPSES

The terrifying view from inside one of the trapped cars as tonnes of scaffolding collapsed onto the road this morning (photos: Facebook)

A 55-year-old woman has died from injuries in hospital while two drivers were saved from underneath tonnes of bamboo and netting this morning after a building renovation scaffolding collapsed onto the road under the heavy wind and rain of Tropical Storm Lionrock.

Police said seven workers had been reported missing after the scaffolding collapsed but six had later been accounted for and were “safe”, leaving one female worker missing. She was found shortly afterwards, injured and unconscious, and rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where she was pronounced dead at 12.40pm.

The two motorists, in separate cars, were travelling on Broadwood Road, Happy Valley, at around 10.25 this morning when the structure collapsed. One had minor hand injuries and the other was not injured ยญโ€“ both were sent conscious to hospital, say police.

The cars remain trapped under the collapse and Broadwood Road will be closed for “a while” says a police source.

Buildings Department, responsible for scaffolding safety, has not responded to questions.

Tropical Storm Lionrock approached Hong Kong yesterday with the Number 3 Strong Wind warning raised at 10.45 this morning and the Amber Rainstorm warning raised at 23.45 last night.

“In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island and Tate’s Cairn were 73 and 68 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 90 and 94 kilometres per hour respectively,” says the Hong Kong Observatory in raising the Number 3 warning today.

Yesterday a sailor died when his catamaran overturned in sudden heavy winds off Po Toi Island.

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