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11 February 2018, 05:03 | Kenneth Drake
At least 19 dead after bus topples over in Hong Kong
The accident was the deadliest one in Hong Kong since 2003, when 21 people were killed after a double-decker bus plunged off a flyover following a collision with a container truck.
Eighteen people were killed and 60 others injured when the driver lost control and toppled over.
Hong Kong implemented guidelines in 2010 that limit drivers' shifts to 14 hours total and 11 hours behind the wheel, but officials said after a crash previous year that more wide-reaching policies would be necessary to improve safety and working conditions, the Timesreports. The fire brigade responded at 6.15pm local time.
The dead included 17 men and two women, police said. That figure may yet rise as 15 are critical in hospital.
'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned.
The China Morning Post cited the words of one of the passengers of the double-decker, who said that the vehicle was driving too fast.
Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, announced that the government would set up an independent committee to probe bus safety. "He was grumpy because some people criticized him for being late".
"It was much faster than I normally feel on a bus", he said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, the police said.
A representative for the Kowloon Motor Bus Co, the bus operator, said it would launch its own investigation into the crash and family members of the victims would get financial assistance.
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