19 die as double-decker bus overturns in Hong Kong suburb

A double-decker bus crashed in the Hong Kong suburb of Tai Po in the northern New Territories on Saturday evening killing 19 people and injuring 60, authorities said. The driver was arrested for dangerous driving, police said. The crowded vehicle operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Company was speeding when it suddenly slid on its side and hit a lamppost which tore into the upper deck. Most of the fatalities happened on the upper deck, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department said. Of the 60 passengers being treated for injuries in various hospitals, ten were in critical condition while another 20 were seriously wounded, hospital sources said. Apple Daily, quoting the injured, said the driver started speeding after some of the passengers complained that the bus was running late by 10 minutes. Democratic lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting said double-decker buses pose a risk as upper decks get torn off in accidents resulting in more deaths. He also said bus drivers are dangerously overworked. Twenty-one workers were killed in a bus accident in Hong Kong in 2003.