Actor Eric Tsang in traffic accident in Japan

HONG KONG • Veteran Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang was reportedly involved in a traffic accident in Japan, according to Hong Kong media.

According to Apple Daily, the 65-year-old actor was driving when his car collided with a seven-seater vehicle carrying a top Hong Kong police officer in Hokkaido on Tuesday.

The seven-seater car was carrying police director of crime and security Li Chi Hang and his family. There was a Ms Li in her 40s in Tsang's car at the time of the accident.

Sources told Apple Daily that the accident happened at about 1.30pm on Christmas Day, with one of the cars losing control and causing the accident.

Tsang and his female companion were not injured, but Mr Li and his family were hospitalised.

Apple Daily said Mr Li suffered injury to his cervical vertebrae. He was flown by helicopter to another hospital - separate from his family - for surgery. Sources also told Apple Daily that Tsang had to undergo a breathalyser test.

His daughter Bowie Tsang has confirmed through her manager that he was involved in a minor traffic accident.

She said Tsang has called and told her that he was fine.

One of Tsang's friends told Apple Daily that he is resting at a hotel and the accident could have been caused by his unfamiliarity with driving in a foreign country.

Tsang recently appeared in the Hong Kong crime drama flick, Golden Job, in which he plays a godfather-like figure to characters played by Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse and Jerry Lamb.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Actor Eric Tsang in traffic accident in Japan'. Print Edition | Subscribe