Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Double-decker crash: 'Grumpy driver' flips bus in Hong Kong killing 18

Double-decker crash: 'Grumpy driver' flips bus in Hong Kong killing 18

KMB bus 872 rolled over during the incident on Tai Po Road on Saturday evening, though the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Local media outlets have quoted an injured person as saying that the bus was going very fast when it entered a curve.

The driver has been arrested on two counts of causing death and grievous bodily harm by risky driving.

The bus was running a special route for race days, but the bus' operator says the driver knew the route and had a good driving record.

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

Police said at least 18 people, including 15 men, had been confirmed dead on the scene.

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Most of the dead and injured were on the upper deck of the bus, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department told reporters.

Godwin So Wai-kei, general manager of Kowloon Motor Bus Company Limited which the bus belonged to, said the company will offer 80,000 HK dollars (10,256 USA dollars) as a condolence allowance for the families of each victim.

An inquiry into the accident and the bus company's operation will be set up, Lam said. 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.

Deadly accidents are rare for Hong Kong's public transportation.

The safety of Hong Kong's waterways has also remained under scrutiny since 39 people were killed when a high-speed ferry and a pleasure boat crashed in 2012.

In September previous year, three people were killed when a double-decker bus mounted a pavement in Sham Shui Po.

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