19 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

19 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

19 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

KMB bus 872 rolled over during the incident on Tai Po Road on Saturday, though the cause of the crash remains unclear.

The police told Xinhua that 17 men and two women were confirmed dead at the scene.

One elderly man interviewed on television said the driver had been going extremely fast at the time of the accident, even taking bends at high speed.

Ten of the injured people remain in critical condition, including one who sustained a head wound and a broken neck.

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Reuters reported the roof of the bus was cut off to rescue passengers.

"It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus", he said, sitting by the road.

Last September, three people were killed and 31 injured after a City bus double-decker mounted a kerb in Sham Shui Po.

While bodies of dead passengers were laid out on the ground, covered in white sheets.

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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.

Photos and footage from the scene showed the roof of the bus had been torn off.

Representatives from the bus operator said on Saturday evening that the driver had a good track record and knew the route, which only runs on race days. The fire brigade responded at 6.15pm.

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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