A 44-year-old construction worker from mainland China is dead after being crushed by a gas pipe on the construction site of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen highspeed railway.

The accident occurred in a tunnel construction site on the border with Shenzhen’s Futian district on Sunday night, Ming Pao reported.

A gas pipe broke and fell on the victim, who was then rushed to a Shenzhen hospital as exits to the Hong Kong side of the tunnel had not yet been opened.

File photo of highspeed railway construction site. Photo: Apple Daily.

Hong Kong police received a report of the accident from project manager MTR Corporation on Tuesday.

In a separate industrial accident, a Hong Kong man was killed after being hit by an falling iron cage on the site of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on Tuesday.

Fellow construction workers sent the 49-year-old victim to the North Lantau Hospital without calling an ambulance, Ming Pao reported. The victim was later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police are investigating both cases as industrial accidents.

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Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.