Investigations show car hit slanted edge of central divider that acted as springboard sending vehicle shooting upwards

A 40-year-old man has been arrested for dangerous driving causing death after a Lexus crashed and burst into flames in Fanling early on Tuesday, killing two passengers.

The driver was rescued by passers-by before the blaze swept through the car and burned the two male passengers to death, a police source said.

The man, who suffered minor burns to his back and hands in the incident, was receiving treatment at North District Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Preliminary investigations showed the car was being driven faster than the speed limit of 50km/h at the time of the crash, the source told the Post.

The black Lexus was heading down Jockey Club Road towards Sheung Shui when the crash happened at 12.12am.

Investigations showed the car went out of control and slammed into the slanted edge of the central divider that acted as a springboard for the vehicle, flinging it into the air, according to another source.

“It somersaulted in the air and flew for a distance before it crashed, slid on the carriageway and then burst into flames,” he said.

The car stopped in the middle of the two-lane carriageway near the junction with Ling Shan Road, about 100 metres away from the first impact, according to police.

Police said there was no evidence to indicate the case involved illegal racing.

Watch: The Lexus goes up in flames

Inspector Lau Ngai-hong of the New Territories North traffic unit said the car was badly damaged and three of the four doors could not open, trapping the passengers inside the vehicle.

The Fire Services Department sent three fire engines and two ambulances to the scene.

Firefighters spent about 10 minutes putting out the flames and found two charred bodies in the front and rear passenger seats.

The sources said the two men killed in the incident were Chan Chun-kit, 30, and Kwok Yuen-sang, 37, who owned the car.

Lau said the location was not a traffic black spot.

The inspector said the suspect passed a breathalyser test which also detected that the man had consumed alcohol, but it was not over the legal limit.

The driver was released on bail pending further investigations.

The wrecked Lexus was towed to a government vehicle plant for examination.

Police figures show 132 people died in 129 road traffic accidents across the city last year, up from 122 deaths in 117 accidents in 2015. In 2014, 100 people died in 99 fatal traffic accidents.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Two dead, one arrested in dramatic car crash and fire