At least 18 dead in Hong Kong bus accident

Pauline Gross
February 11, 2018

The crash happened when the bus, which had at least 40 people on board, hit a motorbike as it was speeding down a hill in the Subang region of West Java province, causing it to roll over multiple times.

The bus was carrying spectators and workers from horse races when it overturned in the New Territories area in Hong Kong.

At least 18 people have died after a double-decker bus crashed on Saturday evening in Hong Kong, police have said.

Many early reports of the incident claimed only 18 people were killed in the crash; later accounts increased the number to 19.

The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was the Asian financial center's deadliest traffic accident since a 2003 bus accident that killed 21 people.

But ten of the injured were in critical condition, while another 20 were seriously wounded, officials said.

The bus was headed to Tai Po from Sha Tin Racecourse.

"And then it was like the tire slipped, and the bus turned".

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"(The driver was) intentionally using the bus to throw a tantrum", another injured passenger told the Oriental Daily.

"He was grumpy because some people criticised him for being late", said one.

Another passenger said: "He was driving very fast, extremely fast, even if he was driving down a slope".

The driver of the bus joined the company in 2014.

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

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash past year that she didn't believe new laws governing drivers' hours were an answer, and that any solution had to address broader questions of worker shortages.

The bus was operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) - the largest franchise in Hong Kong.

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