19 killed, dozens injured in Hong Kong bus crash

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

At least 19 people were killed and dozens injured when a double-decker bus toppled over in Hong Kong Saturday evening, police said.

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

Footage from the scene showed rescue workers cutting open the roof of the bus, operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Co.

The injured passenger told the paper: "It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus".

Tai Po is in Hong Kong's New Territories on the mainland.

As of 7.45pm, police said two people were still trapped in the bus.

At least 62 others were injured in the crash, including 15 people hospitalized in serious condition and 10 who were critical, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority said. They are being taken to 12 different hospitals, and a temporary morgue has been set up at the scene. "And then it was like the tyres skidded, and the bus overturned".

The fire brigade responded at 6:15pm.

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

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 US dollars) as a condolence allowance for the families of each victim.

So said the driver was familiar with the route and had not been working overtime recently.

Local media said it was the Asian financial centre's deadliest traffic accident since a 2003 bus accident that killed 21.

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