At least 18 killed as bus overturns in Hong Kong

Frederick Owens
February 11, 2018

Rescuers had to cut open the top of the bus to save the passengers, reported Xinhua.

Rescue workers attempt to assist survivors of a double-decker bus crash in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday night.

An inquiry into the accident and the bus company's operation will be set up, Lam said.

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

It appeared to have slid on its side and hit a lamppost which smashed into the upper decks of the vehicle.

The death toll included 15 men and three women, a police spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.

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"It was much faster than I normally feel on a bus", he 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".

While bodies of dead passengers were laid out on the ground, covered in white sheets. It was really chaotic in the bus. Police did not immediately confirm the cause of the accident. "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side".

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash past 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.

A spokesman from the bus company, The Kowloon Motor Bus company, said HK$80,000 (£7,300) would be paid to each victim's family.

The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was the Asian financial center's deadliest traffic accident since a 2003 bus accident that killed 21 people.

Earlier passengers complained to the driver who was reportedly 10 minutes late.

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