Sha Tin Racegoers Involved in Fatal Bus Crash

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

The bus was running a special route for race days, but the bus' operator says the driver knew the route and had a good driving record.

Many early reports of the incident claimed only 18 people were killed in the crash; later accounts increased the number to 19.

The paper reports 37 people were taken to 12 different hospitals and there were efforts to rescue two more people stuck on the bus.

Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor speaks to reporters in the Prince of Wales Hospital after visiting the injured of the earlier bus overturns on February 10, 2018.

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.

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Passengers had complained to the driver, who was reportedly 10 minutes late, and he then kept speeding up before the bus crashed, the Apple Daily reported, quoting injured passengers.

The bus was on its way from Sha Tin racecourse to Tai Po Centre when it flipped onto its side while attempting to turn.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured in the Prince of Wales Hospital, HKSAR Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she will order an independent inquiry to see whether there are any systemic problems with Hong Kong's bus operations. It was really chaotic on the bus.

While bodies of dead passengers were laid out on the ground, covered in white sheets. "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side".

The bus was operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) - the largest franchise in Hong Kong.

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