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

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

At least 19 people were killed and over 50 injured in a double-decker bus crash in Hong Kong's New Territories on Saturday evening.

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

The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was the Asian financial center's deadliest traffic accident since a 2003 bus accident that killed 21 people. Speaking to local media, passengers said the bus was going to fast before the crash.

Witnesses told horrific stories of watching dazed and bloody passengers drag themselves from the mangled wreckage.

Some collapsed by the side of the road in pools of their own blood.

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Separately in Indonesia, at least 27 people died when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed on the island of Java, police said yesterday. Passengers suggested the bus was speeding downhill at the time, and the driver appeared to be upset after he was told off for being late.

Reuters reported the roof of the bus was cut off to rescue passengers. "And then it was like the tyres skidded, and the bus overturned".

It is the bloodiest bus accident in Hong Kong for almost 15 years. It was really chaotic in the bus. "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side", he said. Police have arrested the driver and charged him with causing death by risky driving.

So said the driver was familiar with the route and had not been working overtime recently.

Another 47 people were injured and taken to hospitals, including 19 in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

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