At least 18 dead after double-decker bus topples over in Hong Kong

Double Decker Bus

Early reports said the death toll stood at 19 but that has been revised down.

According to the SCMP, one passenger said the bus was going "much faster" than usual.

Nineteen people were killed on Saturday when a double decker bus overturned in Hong Kong, police said. "It was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned".

The latest crash is likely to revive concerns about the long working hours of bus drivers in Hong Kong. It was really chaotic in the bus. Photos and videos published by local media or posted by users on social media showed the gold-colored bus lying on its side while emergency workers treat injured passengers nearby.

The bus, operated only on race days, was packed with passengers leaving the Sha Tin horse-racing course.

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The accident was the city's deadliest bus incident in almost 15 years.

Police have arrested the driver on suspicion of risky driving causing injuries and deaths.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash previous year that she didn't believe new laws governing drivers' hours were an answer, and that any solution had to address broader questions of worker shortages.

Hong Kong promotes its public transport system as one of the best infrastructures in the world but fatal accidents do occasionally happen.

The same private bus company, KMB, was involved in Hong Kong's worst traffic crash, when 21 died and 20 were injured in 2003 after a double-decker bus crashed through a guardrail and down a hill after colliding with a truck.

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