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19 killed and 40 injured Hong Kong double-decker bus crash

19 killed and 40 injured Hong Kong double-decker bus crash

At least 18 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a double-decker bus crashed on Saturday in a rural area of Hong Kong, the authorities said.

Ten of the injured people remain in critical condition, including one who sustained a head wound and a broken neck.

Most of the dead and injured were on the upper deck of the bus, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department told reporters.

Of those killed, 15 were men and three were women.

Lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting of the Democratic Party urged the government to investigate bus designs, "especially with the upper deck of buses having been repeatedly torn off in accidents, posing a serious threat to passengers on the upper level".

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. It was really chaotic on the bus.

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"The injured were taken to 12 different hospitals, and a temporary morgue was set up at the scene", the report stated. "People fell on top of one another and got tossed around from side to side".

The bus was headed to Tai Po from Sha Tin Racecourse.

While bodies of dead passengers were laid out on the ground, covered in white sheets.

Several witnesses say the driver had been going extremely fast at the time of the accident, even taking bends at high speed.

Many early reports of the incident claimed only 18 people were killed in the crash; later accounts increased the number to 19.

The accident is Hong Kong's deadliest bus crash since a 2003 crash that killed 21.

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