Hong Kong bus overturns, killing at least 19 people

At least 19 dead after bus topples over in Hong Kong

While some passengers escaped the accident unscathed, others were seen covered in blood and some had to be carried out from the bus wreckage on stretchers after firemen cut open the top of the bus. Police did not immediately confirm the cause of the accident.

Ten of the injured people remain in critical condition, including one who sustained a head wound and a broken neck.

In 2008, a speeding bus careered out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured.

A double-decker bus operated by Kowloon Motor Bus tipped over while traveling from Sha Tin to Tai Po Center, in Hong Kong's New Territories, the New York Times reports.

It is the bloodiest bus accident in Hong Kong for almost 15 years.


According to the SCMP, one passenger said the bus was going "much faster" than usual. "It was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned".

Images posted to social media showed serious damage to the bus as wounded passengers lay on the roadside.

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

Saturday's crash appears to be the worst since a double-decker bus fell off an elevated roadway in 2003, killing 21 people.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club issued a statement in response to the accident saying the organization "is most saddened to learn that a public bus transporting passengers following today's race meeting was involved in an accident with numerous casualties reported".

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