At least 19 killed as bus topples over

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

At least 18 people were killed on Saturday after a double-decker bus overturned in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The dead included 17 men and two women, police said.

The Tai Po-bound bus was carrying spectators and workers from Shatin racecourse when the accident took place.

Local media outlets have quoted an injured person as saying that the bus was going very fast when it entered a curve.

Witnesses told horrific stories of watching dazed and bloody passengers drag themselves from the mangled wreckage.

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Photo The bus crash on Saturday was the deadliest in Hong Kong since 2003.

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.

He said the franchise bus company would pay $10,000 to each injured person and family of the deceased.

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. It was really chaotic in the bus.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, she said. "People fell on top of one another and got tossed around from side to side".

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Survivors described the bus as speeding, with a "grumpy" driver behind the wheel.

While Hong Kong has a well-developed and generally safe public transportation system, fatal bus crashes have persisted.

Earlier reports said that 19 people were killed. Police said the driver was arrested.

The safety of Hong Kong's notoriously crowded waterways has also remained under scrutiny since 39 people were killed when a high-speed ferry and a pleasure boat crashed in 2012.

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