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KAI TAK CONSTRUCTION DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER KILLING WOMAN ON CROSSING

A 44-year-old truck driver of this large Volvo dump truck was arrested after a fatal crash which killed a 68-year-old woman in Kai Tak this morning. Inset: the woman’s bloody mask on the pedestrian crossing.

Police have arrested a 44-year-old driver of a construction truck after a fatal crash on Concorde Road in Kai Tak.

Mr Wong was driving the dump truck east on Concorde Road at around 8:30 this morning when he struck Ms Wong, 68, at a dropped-kerb crossing. Emergency crews rushed victim Wong to United Christian Hospital but medics pronounced her dead at 9:27am.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. He has already been released on bail and must report back to police in late September.

Hundreds of heavy trucks ply the new network of streets around Kai Tak every hour.

In April, Transit Jam raised safety issues on trucks leaving construction sites without following environmental or safety procedures. Video submitted to authorities at the time included a large truck marked TB317, operated by government contractor China State Construction, leaving the construction site of the Kai Tak Community Isolation Facility without following safety procedures. Authorities at the time said no safety violations had been found, even as the death toll from Kai Tak construction reached shocking levels.

Left: the truck involved in today’s crash. Right: a China State Construction dump truck: video still from a Transit Jam investigation into dangerous site conditions during the construction of the Kai Tak Community Isolation Facility in April this year

The truck in today’s fatal crash is the same model truck – a Volvo 420 – and marked TB320 in the same lettering, suggesting it could be related to China State Construction and also possibly related to the government’s Community Isolation Facility project.

The government and China State Construction have not responded to questions.

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