Hong Kong: 18 killed, 62 injured after bus overturns

Hong Kong: 18 killed, 62 injured after bus overturns

At least 19 people were killed on Saturday after a double-decker bus overturned in New Territories in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The accident left at 65 people injured, police said Sunday.

Photos and videos published by local media or posted on social media showed the bus lying on its side while emergency workers treat injured passengers.

Most of the passengers were horse racing fans, as the bus was traveling on a special route for horse racing days.

The 30-year-old bus driver was arrested by the police for alleged unsafe driving causing death and grievous bodily harm. It was really chaotic in the bus.

Some of the injured told Apple Daily that the driver had been 10 minutes late and began driving faster after passengers complained.

Multiple passengers interviewed by the TVB and Cable TV news channels said the bus was speeding.

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KMB expressed regret over the fatal accident.

Since the crash, Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has brought up the danger of double-decker bus design, which may be "posing a serious threat to passengers on the upper level". He also called on the government to address the issue of many drivers working overly long hours.

In 2008, 18 people were killed in another bus crash.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government is "deeply grieved" by the accident.

The 30-year old male bus driver was arrested for unsafe driving causing death and risky driving causing grievous bodily harm.

The safety of Hong Kong's notoriously crowded waterways has also remained under scrutiny since 39 people were killed when a high-speed ferry and a pleasure boat crashed in 2012.

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