HK wife killed in taiwan smashup

Top News | Jane Lam Jul 18, 2017
A Hong Kong woman was killed and her husband injured in a four-vehicle smashup on Taiwan's National Highway No 1, just an hour after they had arrived on the island for a one-day medical consultation.

A taxi, two lorries and a container truck collided around 10am, reports in Taiwan said.

The couple were passengers in the taxi and were on their way to the city.

The 36-year-old woman, Tang Wai- han, was unconscious when pulled out of the badly damaged taxi and was declared dead on her arrival at Taipei Hospital, said the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Her husband, Leung Wai-man, also 36, suffered injuries to the head and was sent to the Hsin-Tai General Hospital. He was reported to be in a stable condition.

The ministry said both passengers were wearing seat belts at the time.

Hong Kong's Immigration Department has contacted the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan) to follow up on the case and offer assistance.

The taxi driver is said to have been shaken up but otherwise unhurt.

A 46-year-old lorry driver was trapped inside his vehicle. He was conscious when rescued but suffered a bone fracture on his left thigh with lacerations across his body. He was sent to Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital.

The couple arrived in Taiwan at around 9am and were on the way to a gynecological clinic. They had planned to return to Hong Kong on the same day.

The container truck driver said the two lorries collided when they decelerated to enter the highway. One swung to its left, forcing the container truck to take evasive action but instead hit the roadside barriers.

The taxi driver slammed into the lorries.

The Immigration Department said an HKETCO officer had visited Leung at hospital to ascertain his needs and get more information about the accident.

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