Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Double-decker crash: 'Grumpy driver' flips bus in Hong Kong killing 18

Double-decker crash: 'Grumpy driver' flips bus in Hong Kong killing 18

Firefighters are still at the spot to rescue passengers trapped inside.

Reports suggest it was going too fast.

Passengers said the driver was breaking the speed limit to make up for being behind schedule, according to Now News.

Hong Kong's public transport is usually safe, and deadly accidents of this scale are relatively infrequent.

At least 37 people were sent to 12 hospitals across the city, and 19 were in serious condition.

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Detectives said they were considering the possibility that the driver had been speeding down the slope, pointing to evidence of skid marks stretching for 30m at the scene.

Rescuers work at the accident site where a double-decker bus overturned in New Territories in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, south China, Feb. 10, 2018.

"He was grumpy because some people criticised him for being late", said one.

"It was much faster than I normally feel on a bus", he said.

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned.

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

She told reporters that an independent investigation led by a judge would carried out to establish what caused the crash.

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.

An inquiry into the accident and the bus company's operation will be set up, Lam said.

In 2008, 18 people were also killed in a similar incident.

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