HK double-decker topples over, killing 18

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens of others injured after a bus toppled over in Hong Kong.

Separately in Indonesia, at least 27 people died when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed on the island of Java, police said yesterday.

Reuters reported the roof of the bus was cut off to rescue passengers.

According to CNN, images from the scene show the bus on its side with its top apparently torn off.

The dead included 17 men and two women, police said.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash past year that she didn't believe new laws governing drivers' hours were an answer, and that any solution had to address broader questions of worker shortages. "It was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned".

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General Manager Godwin So Wai-kei attended the scene of the crash, telling reporters the company would issue a "condolence allowance" of HK$80,000 (£7,200, $10,000) to injured passengers and the families of the deceased. "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side". The fire brigade responded at 6.15pm local time.

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

Authorities have not yet determined why the packed bus ran off the road, but surviving passengers told local media the driver had been speeding.

Nineteen people have been killed after a double-decker bus overturned in Hong Kong.

Earlier reports said that 19 people were killed.

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