Six killed as lorry crushes taxi near Hong Kong-China border
A taxi driver and five passengers were killed in Hong Kong Friday when their vehicle was crushed in a collision with a lorry at the start of the Chinese New Year holiday, police said.
The lorry driver failed an alcohol breath test after the accident, which took place on the city's busy Castle Peak Road near the Chinese border around 7:30 am, a police spokesman said.
Photographs of the accident scene shown on local television showed the lorry toppled on its side and the roof of the taxi torn off by the force of the collision, dpa reported.
The accident happened near the Lok Ma Chau land border crossing, but it was not immediately clear whether the dead passengers were travelling in or out of mainland China.
Nearly 9 million people were expected to go in and out of Hong Kong by land, air and sea for the Chinese New Year holiday, which starts Friday evening. Many are travelling to visit relatives in mainland China.