19 killed, dozens hurt in HK double-decker bus crash


(Apple Daily via AP) 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 police said today they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for unsafe driving.

A press release from Hong Kong authorities today revealed that 18 perished at the scene of the accident.

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The driver of the bus was arrested on Saturday evening for risky driving. "He is still being detained for further enquiries".

The bus was traveling from Sha Tin to Tai Po Center in Hong Kong's New Territories when it turned over, shearing off part of its roof, according to news media reports.

Hong Kong's double-decker buses can accommodate around 140 seated and standing passengers, depending upon the model. He also called for action on the issue of Hong Kong drivers working too many hours.

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City leader Carrie Lam, who visited survivors at the Prince of Wales Hospital late on Saturday, expressed "deep sorrow" and pledged there would be an independent investigation.

The police are investigating the fatal accident.

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

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