18 killed in deadliest Hong Kong bus crash since 2003

18 killed in deadliest Hong Kong bus crash since 2003

Tai Po is in Hong Kong's New Territories on the mainland. Reuters reports firefighters had to cut open the bus' roof to free the passengers inside.

Passengers quoted in local media say the bus was travelling very fast before it tipped over.

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

It is the bloodiest bus accident in Hong Kong for almost 15 years.

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So also said KMB also will investigate the crash.

Most of the dead and injured were on the upper deck of the bus, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department told reporters.

Many early reports of the incident claimed only 18 people were killed in the crash; later accounts increased the number to 19.

The bus was headed to Tai Po from Sha Tin Racecourse.

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Multiple passengers interviewed by the TVB and Cable TV news channels said the bus was moving at a high rate of speed when the accident happened.

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. So far there is no sign of fatigue driving when the accident occurred, said the general manager.

The injured are being taken to hospitals across Hong Kong and rescuers are still trying to release people trapped inside.

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

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In July 2003, 21 people were killed when a double-decker fell off an elevated road after being hit by a lorry.

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