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Hong Kong bus accident killed 18

MNA International Desk: At least 18 people were killed and dozens injured when a double-decker bus ovseturned in Hong Kong on Saturday evening.

Photographs on local media websites showed the bus lying on its side with its roof torn off by a road near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories, reported news agency.

It appeared to have slid on its side and hit a lamppost which cut through the front of the vehicle.

Rescuers were attempting to reach passengers trapped in the wreckage, although police were unable to say how many were still inside the bus.

The dead included 15 males and three females, police said, revising down their earlier toll of 19 killed at the scene.

It was not immediately known what caused the accident but passengers quoted by local media said the driver was going fast before the crash.

“It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus,” an injured passenger told the South China Morning Post’s online edition.

“And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. It was really chaotic in the bus. People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side,” he said.

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 at the scene.


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