18 dead, 60 hurt as Hong Kong double-decker bus overturns
11 February, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Diane Mills
Reutersreports firefighters had to cut open the bus' roof to free the passengers inside.
Local media outlets have quoted an injured person as saying that the bus was going very fast when it entered a curve.
Fourteen people were injured last April when a double-decker tram tipped over, with a 23-year-old driver later arrested for risky driving causing harm to others. Passengers suggested the bus was speeding downhill at the time, and the driver appeared to be upset after he was told off for being late.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
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The bus was headed to Tai Po from Sha Tin Racecourse.
An executive with The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. says $10,230 will be paid to the family of each victim.
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. More than three-quarters of bus drivers work 50 to 60 hours a week, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.
Hong Kong's public transport is usually safe, and deadly accidents of this scale are relatively infrequent.
The injured are being taken to hospitals across Hong Kong and rescuers are still trying to release people trapped inside.
The city's worst road traffic accident occurred in 2003 when a double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.
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