Hong Kong bus crash kills 18 and injures scores

At least 19 killed as bus topples over

Early reports said the number of dead stood at 19 but that was later revised down.

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.

Among those, according to the Times, 15 were hospitalized in serious condition, and 10 were deemed critical.

The bus is believed to have fallen on its side and hit a lamppost which crashed into its front.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club issued a statement in response to the accident saying the organization "is most saddened to learn that a public bus transporting passengers following today's race meeting was involved in an accident with numerous casualties reported".

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Most of the passengers were horse racing fans, as the bus was travelling on a special route for horse racing days. "And then it was like the tyres skidded, and the bus overturned". It was really chaotic in the bus.

One passenger was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin in a "half-conscious" state, according to the force. "People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side".

"(The driver was) intentionally using the bus to throw a tantrum", another injured passenger told the Oriental Daily.

The crash was the deadliest in Hong Kong since 2003, when 21 people were killed when a double-decker bus broke through a guardrail and careened off a road.

Such an accident is seen as very rare in Hong Kong.

Last September, three people were killed and 31 injured after a City bus double-decker mounted a kerb in Sham Shui Po.

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