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18 killed in Hong Kong bus crash

11 February 2018, 01:19 | Darnell Patrick

Hong Kong: Firemen hurry to try to remove injured passengers from a double-decker lying on its side in Hong Kong Saturday Feb. 10 2018

Hong Kong double decker bus accident rescue operation

At least 18 people were killed in the accident, while 62 more were injured, the paper reports.

Nineteen people were killed on Saturday when a double decker bus overturned in Hong Kong, police said.

The city'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. Dozens of others are being treated at hospitals. Among those, according to the Times, 15 were hospitalized in serious condition, and 10 were deemed critical.

The accident was the city's deadliest bus incident in almost 15 years. "He then started to drive the bus like he was flying a plane".

"And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned". The Apple Daily quoted some passengers as saying the agitated driver was speeding and driving carelessly after he was accused of being 10 minutes late for his shift.

The China Morning Post cited the words of one of the passengers of the double-decker, who said that the vehicle was driving too fast.

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Li said that the driver had not been under the influence of alcohol and had not needed any medical help.

The driver of the bus joined the company in 2014.

"There were no signs that he was exhausted" on his four-hour shift Saturday, So said.

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.

Godwin So Wai-kei, general manager of Kowloon Motor Bus Company Limited which the bus belonged to, said the company will offer 80,000 HK dollars (10,256 US dollars) as a condolence allowance for the families of each victim.



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