Hong Kong Bus Crash Kills at Least 18 and Injures Over 60

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

Nineteen people were killed on Saturday when a double decker bus overturned in Hong Kong, police said. I am also an editor for Turning Point News and a foreign correspondent for Snip.And in case you were wondering, it's supposed to be pronounced "Wit-2".

Police said at least 18 people - three women and 15 men - were confirmed dead on the scene.

Local media outlets have quoted an injured person as saying that the bus was going very fast when it entered a curve.

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.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash a year ago 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.

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. Injured passengers were transported to 12 hospitals.

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The cause of the crash is still unknown.

An executive with The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. says $10,230 will be paid to the family of each victim.

An inquiry into the accident and the bus company's operation will be set up, Lam said.

Deadly accidents are rare on Hong Kong's public transport system, which it promotes as among the best 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.