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

10 February 2018, 07:08 | Taylor George

Firemen try to remove injured passengers from a double-decker lying on its side in Hong Kong

Firemen try to remove injured passengers from a double-decker lying on its side in Hong Kong

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

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

As of 7.45pm, police said two people were still trapped in the bus.

Photographs on local media websites showed the bus lying on its side with its roof torn off by a road near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories. The company said it would also set up an investigation team to probe the cause of the crash.

"We feel deeply saddened by the accident and offer our condolences to the deceased", government leader Carrie Lam said after paying a visit to the injured at a hospital. "And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned".

Firemen work at the scene of a bus crash in Hong Kong
Firemen work at the scene of a bus crash in Hong Kong

Authorities say dozens more are injured after the bus flipped over in the southern Chinese city. "My leg really hurts".

In 2008, a speeding bus careered out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured.

Footage from the scene showed rescue workers cutting open the roof of the bus, operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Co.

One passenger was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin in a "half-conscious" state, according to the force.

The city's worst road traffic accident was in 2003, when a double decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.

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