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Nineteen people killed and 65 injured in Hong Kong bus crash

Nineteen people have died and 65 injured, some critical, in a high-speed bus crash in Hong Kong, in one of the city’s worst traffic disasters in recent years. The incident occurred on Saturday 10th February.

Hong Kong’s worst road traffic accident occurred in 2003 when a double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.

The double-decker bus overturned Saturday evening near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories, flipping onto its side and appearing to smash into a lamppost. Firefighters on the scene cut open the bus roof to free passengers still trapped inside. Most of the injured and some of the dead were on the upper deck of the bus, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department told reporters.

The driver was suspected of being over the speed limit as he went down a slope and lost control of the vehicle, senior traffic superintendent Lee Chi-wai told reporters. Hong Kong police said Sunday they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for dangerous driving.

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