Killed, Nearly 50 Injured in Hong Kong Bus Crash

11 February, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Bert Pena
  • At least 19 killed as bus topples over

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.

A double-decker bus has crashed in Hong Kong killing 18 people and injuring almost 50.

A police spokeswoman said 15 men and three women were killed in the accident near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories.

Fourteen people were injured last April when a double-decker tram tipped over, with a 23-year-old driver later arrested for unsafe driving causing harm to others.

Early reports said the number of dead stood at 19 but that was later revised down.

One passenger was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin in a "half-conscious" state, according to the force.

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He also called on the government to immediately follow up on, and regulate the working time limit for bus drivers - for example, by requiring regular health checkups to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.

Passengers had complained to the driver, who was reportedly 10 minutes late, and he then kept speeding up before the bus crashed, the Apple Daily reported, quoting injured passengers.

The injured have been rushed to hospitals, while the site of the accident has been cordoned off.

According to the representative, the driver showed no signs of fatigue.

Almost 50 people were injured and taken to hospitals, including 19 in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

Such an accident is seen as very rare in Hong Kong.

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