At least 19 dead in Hong Kong bus crash

At least 19 dead in Hong Kong bus crash

Some passengers managed to climb out of the vehicle but others had to be cut free by firefighters.

A passenger, who had his right leg bandaged, said the double-decker was going fast when the accident happened.

The driver has been arrested on two counts of causing death and grievous bodily harm by risky driving.

"We feel deeply saddened by the accident and offer our condolences to the deceased", government leader Carrie Lam said after paying a visit to the injured at a hospital. The police said that they will need to expand the road blog and send more personnel to the scene for the investigation.

In 2008, 18 people were also killed in a similar incident. The train, which was carrying 78 passengers and five crew, was part of a newly expanded faster rail service along the route linking Seattle and Portland, Oregon - featuring new locomotives.

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The bus was traveling from a horse-racing track in the district of 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.

The bus had been running on high speed before the accident, according to some of the passengers.

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.

Deadly accidents are rare on the southern Chinese city's public transport system, which it promotes as one of the best infrastructures in the world.

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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