Hong Kong bus accident : 18 killed, 60+ injured as bus overturns

Hong Kong bus accident : At least 18 people have been reported to have been killed while more than 60 were injured when a double-decker bus overturned in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The New York Times has reported that the Hong Kong bus crash took place in a rural area while heading towards the Tai Po Center from Sha Tin.

Operated by Kowloon Motor Bus, one of the largest bus companies in Hong Kong, the double-decker bus involved in the Tai Po bus accident had overturned due to over speeding by the bus driver after running behind schedule, reported Now News.

The driver, who survived the accident, has been taken into custody of the New Territories North police department.

Hong Kong bus accident : A double decker bus operated by Kowloon Motor Bus, for representation purpose only.

Hong Kong bus accident : A double decker bus operated by Kowloon Motor Bus, for representation purpose only. Photo courtesy of mailer_diablo/Wikipedia.org.

Out of the 60 plus passengers that were injured in the Hong Kong bus accident, 15 of them are in serious condition while 10 of them are in critical condition, reported the BBC citing the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.

The ill-fated bus was transporting spectators and workers from horse races before it had turned over in the New Territories region. While some of the passengers could escape by climbing out of the bus, others were not so lucky and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will form an independent inquiry commission to probe the Tai Po bus accident, according to the Hong Kong government website.

Carrie Lam, who visited the survivors of the Hong Kong bus accident in Prince of Wales Hospital, said that the a judge will lead the inquiry and will give recommendations to ensure that the public transport system is safe and reliable.

Hong Kong Police are carrying out investigation in the Tai Po bus crash and would take action if any illegalities were involved leading to it, said Carrie Lam.

Families affected by the Hong Kong bus accident would be given assistance from the Social Welfare Department as per Matthew Cheung, the Chief Secretary of the Chinese special administrative region.

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