Hong Kong: Double-decker bus overturns, 19 dead

Hong Kong: Double-decker bus overturns, 19 dead

Hong Kong: Double-decker bus overturns, 19 dead

Hong Kong'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.

HONG Kong police said today they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for risky driving.

Multiple survivors interviewed by the TVB and Cable TV news channels said the bus was going very fast.

Police said the driver was arrested.

Firefighters dig through debris after a deadly bus crash on Saturday in Hong Kong.

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.

The fatalities included at least 17 men and two women.

Along with the 27 killed, at least 18 others were hospitalised with injuries, some in critical condition, following the crash on Saturday on a winding slope in Subang in West Java province, said local police chief Muhammad Joni.

Photos and videos published by local media or posted by users on social media showed the gold-colored bus lying on its side while emergency workers treat injured passengers nearby.

Rescue workers were initially foiled by the tangle of mangled metal and shattered glass, frantically attempting to cut their way into the wreck amid the agonised groans and cries of those pinned inside.

The site of the accident has been cordoned off, while an investigation is underway. The passengers were not identified by name.

In 2008, 18 were killed after a bus crashed in Sai Kung.

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