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19 killed, dozens hurt in Hong Kong double-decker bus crash

12 February 2018

Police in Hong Kong yesterday said they were investigating a bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for risky driving.

Tai Po is in Hong Kong's New Territories on the mainland. The bus was en route from Sha Tin to Tai Po Center when it overturned and apparently hit a lamppost.

He was not in need of any medical treatment after the crash and was be sober, he added.

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Before the crash, passengers had complained to the driver who was reportedly 10 minutes late and he then started speeding up, the Apple Daily reported, quoting injured passengers at the scene.

A total of 18 people died and 47 people were injured in the accident.

KMB expressed regret over the fatal accident.

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The firm said the driver was involved in a careless driving incident in 2014 in which one passenger was injured, the online edition of South China Morning Post (SCMP) said.

The same private bus company, KMB, was involved in Hong Kong's worst traffic crash, when 21 died and 20 were injured in 2003 after a double-decker bus crashed through a guardrail and down a hill after colliding with a truck.

The 30-year-old bus driver was arrested by the police for alleged risky driving causing death and grievous bodily harm.

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Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, announced that the government would set up an independent committee to probe bus safety. He also called for action on the issue of Hong Kong drivers working too many hours.

19 killed, dozens hurt in Hong Kong double-decker bus crash