At least 19 dead in Hong Kong bus crash

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

Firefighters are still at the spot to rescue passengers trapped inside. Speaking to local media, passengers said the bus was going to fast before the crash. Senior police superintendent Li Chi-wai, of New Territories North, said the driver likely was "speeding when driving down a slope, lost control" and then "turned over on its left".

Police said at least 18 people, including 15 men, had been confirmed dead on the scene. The police said that they will need to expand the road blog and send more personnel to the scene for the investigation.

The bus was carrying a lot of passengers when it overturned on a highway in the suburbs.

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Photographs show it on its side with the roof torn off.

He also called on the government to immediately follow up on, and regulate the working time limit for bus drivers - for example, by requiring regular health checkups to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.

An executive with The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. says $10,230 will be paid to the family of each victim. So far there is no sign of fatigue driving when the accident occurred, said the general manager.

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"The Hospital Authority said that 47 were injured in the accident - 19 sustained serious injuries and 28 are in stable condition".

Deadly accidents are rare on the southern Chinese city's public transport system, which it promotes as one of the best infrastructures in the world.

Saturday's accident appears to be the worst since July 2003, when a double-decker fell off an elevated road after being hit by a lorry, killing 21 people.

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