A traffic accident occurred on the Tolo Highway in Tai Po, it is understood that a private car drove to the Tolo Highway near the Royal Summit Mansion this afternoon (26th), and was suspected of losing control of the "self-speculation", 5 people in the car were injured or unwell in the car accident, and 3 of them needed to be sent to the hospital, including the female domestic helper and the baby who fell out of the car.
It is reported that after the private car crashed into a roadside rock, the door of the car was opened immediately, and a female domestic helper in the car fell out of the car together with her 8-month-old baby, and the private car stopped about 100 metres in advance, and whether the door opening was due to human factors or mechanical problems remains to be examined. The "Hong Kong 01" reporter saw at the scene that there was only one stroller in the car, and there was no special child safety seat for the car.
In the past, there have been accidents in which the doors of the car were opened during driving, causing passengers to fall out of the car, and the president of the Hong Kong Automobile Association, Lee Yiu-pui, pointed out in the past that children should wear child seat belts when riding in the car, adult passengers should also buckle seat belts, and drivers should use the "central lock" or "baby lock" on the car to lock the door.


A traffic accident occurred on Tolo Highway in Tai Po when a private car lost control and crashed into the wall, leaving a baby and a foreign domestic helper flying out of the car. From the online footage, it can be seen that someone fell on the road after the accident. (Screenshot of the video clip of the discussion forum facebook/netizen Bosco Chu)

Children under 1 year old should use the "Child Safety Basket for Cars"

Li Yiupei has said that if a child is under 1 year old, he should use a child safety basket for a car, which can be linked to the seat belt or specific device of the car. Other young children who are unable to sit unaided, as well as children under the age of 12, should also use a child safety seat and fasten the seat belt of the safety seat. Adults should also wear seat belts to avoid falling out of the car in the event of an accident.

A traffic accident occurred on Tolo Highway in Tai Po, when a private car lost control and crashed into a wall, causing a maid and a baby in her hand to fly out of the car. The "Hong Kong 01" reporter saw at the scene that there was a stroller on the private car, but there was no special child safety seat for the car. (Photo by Zuo Langxing)

He also mentioned that most cars are equipped with a "central lock", which cannot be opened from the inside except for the driver's door during driving. For older cars, even if there is no central lock, the rear door will have a "baby lock", which cannot be opened from the inside after being locked, and the door can only be opened from the outside after getting out of the car. He suggested that drivers should use the "central lock" or "child lock" to lock the doors of the car while driving, regardless of whether there are children in the vehicle.

The president of the Hong Kong Automobile Association, Lee Yiu-pui, described the accident as "a good luck" in which the three people who fell out of the car suffered only minor injuries. (File photo / Photo by Ou Jiale)

Transport Department Code: Infants under the age of 1 should be in the back seat of the car

According to Chapter 3 "Notice to All Drivers" of the Road User Code of the Transport Department, children under the age of 3 who are seated in the front seat of a private car, private light bus or goods vehicle must use an approved child restraint device. If such a device is also available in the back seat of a private car, the child must also meet this requirement when sitting in the seat. Children aged <> or above in private cars should also use child restraint devices for enhanced protection; If there is no child restraint device, these child passengers are required to use a normal seat belt.

Portable baby basket (Photo by Transport Department)

The Code states that infants aged 12 months or below (or weighing less than 9 kg and are unable to sit on their own) should be placed in a portable crib or infant basket in the back seat of a car. In the case of a car-specific crib, the child should be placed in the back seat using the provided straps and/or appropriate anchorage points according to the manufacturer's instructions, and the child should be placed in the crib. Children between 9 months and 4 years old (or weighing 9 to 18 kg who can sit on their own) should be given a child safety seat, which must be securely installed in the cabin according to the manufacturer's instructions.

A private car accident on Tolo Highway occurred at about 11.26pm today (November 2) when a male driver drove a black private car along Tolo Highway towards Sheung Shui and drove near the vicinity of Peak Garden. In addition to the driver, there was also his wife sitting in the front seat, a man and a female maid sitting in the back seat, and an 44-month-old baby boy held by the maid. It is reported that after the private car "self-speculated" and hit the wall, the door opened immediately, the maid and the baby boy fell out of the car, and the private car stopped about 8 meters ahead, leaving long brake marks at the scene.

A traffic accident occurred on Tolo Highway in Tai Po, where a private car lost control and crashed into a wall, causing a baby to fly out of the car. The rear mirror of a private car has a "safety guard", the front windshield is cracked, and the airbag is deployed. (Photo by Zuo Langxing)

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After the accident, both the male driver and his wife experienced chest pain and discomfort, the baby boy suffered head and arm injuries, a female domestic helper suffered head and hand injuries, and another male domestic helper felt dizzy. The baby boy was accompanied by his mother and his maid to the Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment, while the male domestic helper was sent to The Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po for treatment, and the driver did not need to be sent to the hospital. It is understood that the police will focus on investigating whether anyone was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident and why the car door was opened.

A female domestic helper in Tai Po's Tolo Highway was covered with blood and had to wear a headband to fix her head and use an oxygen mask to help her breathe. (Photo by Huang Xuerun)

The private car on the Tolo Port Highway caused 5 injuries 8-month-old baby and a foreign domestic helper flew out of the car, and the suspected child burst out of the car door and caused 3 people to fall out of the car Experts pointed out that the driver was involved in 3 mistakes: not being hit by the rear car is a good luck