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Vietnamese worker dies in Macau traffic accident: media

Vietnamese worker dies in Macau traffic accident: media

Monday, January 06, 2020, 15:36 GMT+7
Vietnamese worker dies in Macau traffic accident: media
The scene of a traffic accident which killed a 20-year-old Vietnamese worker on the Macau-Taipa Friendship Bridge in Macau, China on January 5, 2020. Photo: Macau News

A 20-year-old Vietnamese man died on Sunday afternoon and another one was injured after being hit by a car on a bridge in Macau, China when they were pushing their employer’s lorry which had broken down on the bridge, the Macau media reported.

The crash happened on the Macau-Taipa Friendship Bridge at around 12:30 pm on Sunday, Macau News cited the Public Security Police (PSP) and the Fire Services Bureau (CB) of Macau as saying.

A lorry was climbing a slope on the bridge when it broke down.

Two Vietnamese passengers got out of the vehicle and pushed it while the driver remained inside, said Lao Sio Hap, acting chief of the PSP Traffic Department.

Shortly afterward, a seven-seater car crashed into the back of the lorry, hitting the two workers, Lao said.

One of the workers, a 20-year-old, was seriously injured and died later. The other, 25, was slightly injured.

A passenger in the car, a 52-year-old Chinese, also sustained slight injuries.

The police identified the car driver as a 47-year-old surnamed Sio and the lorry driver as a 55-year-old surnamed Choi, Macau News reported.

Both drivers are local residents who both passed breathalyzer tests. Neither was injured.

Police have launched an investigation into the exact cause of the fatal crash.

It was the second traffic accident on the bridge in as many days.

On Friday, two coaches collided on the bridge, resulting in a huge blaze but no serious injuries.

The lorry is a vehicle of Oriental Professional Laundry, a commercial laundry owned by East Start Entertainment Group working for venues such as hotels, saunas, and beauty salons.

The seven-seater car is owned by casino junket operator Tak Chun Group.

The Friendship Bridge, the second Macau-Taipa link, has been 'a black spot' for numerous fatal traffic accidents since it opened in 1994, mostly involving scooter riders and motorcyclists, according to Macau News.

The four-lane, 4.7-kilometer-long Friendship Bridge, the construction of which started in 1990, is the longest of the city’s three Macau-Taipa bridges.

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