Hong Kong Bus Accident Claims Lives

JUST IN: 19 killed, 40 injured in Tai Po double-decker bus crash

JUST IN: 19 killed, 40 injured in Tai Po double-decker bus crash

Police did not immediately confirm the cause of the accident.

Passengers quoted by local media say the driver was going fast before the crash.

In an updated toll in the early hours of Sunday morning the city's Hospital Authority said another victim had died, bringing the total to 19 fatalities.

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned.

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Photos and videos published by social media showed the gold-coloured bus lying on its side with its roof torn off, while emergency workers treated injured passengers nearby. It was really chaotic in the bus.

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

General Manager Godwin So Wai-kei attended the scene of the crash, telling reporters the company would issue a "condolence allowance" of HK$80,000 (£7,200, $10,000) to injured passengers and the families of the deceased.

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

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He also called the government to address the issue of many drivers working overly long hours.

Hong Kong's worst road traffic accident occurred in 2003 when a double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.

City leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said an independent inquiry would be established to investigate bus safety and hopefully prevent similar disasters in the future.

Hong Kong's public transport is usually safe, and deadly accidents of this scale are relatively infrequent.

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The crash happened when the bus, which had at least 40 people on board, hit a motorbike as it was speeding down a hill in the Subang region of West Java province, causing it to roll over multiple times.

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