Hong Kong bus crash kills 18


Hong Kong saw its deadliest bus crash in more than a decade on Saturday, leaving 18 dead and more than 60 injured. At least 47 people were taken to hospital, 19 of them in a serious condition.

Rescuers cut open the top of the bus to save the passengers trapped inside.

The dead included 17 males and two females, police said.

Firefighters sift through debris after a bus crash in Hong Kong on February 10, 2018.

The 30-year-old driver, who joined the Kowloon Motor Bus company in 2014, has a good track record and has driven the route before in January, the company said. Senior police superintendent Li Chi-wai, of New Territories North, said the driver likely was "speeding when driving down a slope, lost control" and then "turned over on its left". "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side".

The injured have been rushed to hospitals, while the site of the accident has been cordoned off.

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The bus was travelling from Sha Tin race course. The accident occurred at around 6 PM local time on Saturday.

Most of the victims were declared dead at the scene, and laid in white body bags along the side of the road.

The accident is one of the worst since 2003, when 21 people were killed as a double-decker plunged off a Tuen Mun flyover after colliding with a container truck.

'(The driver was) intentionally using the bus to throw a tantrum, ' another injured passenger told the Oriental Daily.

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