19 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

19 killed and dozens injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong

At least 19 people were killed and over 50 injured in a double-decker bus crash in Hong Kong's New Territories on Saturday evening.

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

The Tai Po-bound bus was carrying spectators and workers from Shatin racecourse when the accident took place.

"It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus".

Dozens were injured in the wreck, police spokeswoman said. The top of the bus appeared to have been torn off, local media reported.

"And then it was like the tire slipped, and the bus turned. People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side", the passenger said.


She told reporters that an independent investigation led by a judge would be carried out to establish what caused the crash.

Television footage showed the mangled remains of the bus as it lay toppled on the side of a major highway in the northern reaches of the city.

Hong Kong's public transport is usually safe, and deadly accidents of this scale are relatively infrequent.

The bus, operated only on race days, was packed with passengers leaving the Sha Tin horse-racing course.

Hong Kong's worst road traffic accident occurred in 2003 when a double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.

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