Hong Kong bus overturns, killing at least 19 people

JUST IN: 19 killed, 40 injured in Tai Po double-decker bus crash

They were confirmed dead at the scene.

Another 47 people were injured and taken to hospitals, including 19 in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

"The latest figures show a total of 19 persons, which include 17 male and two female, were certified dead at the scene".

The bus number 872 flipped and hit a lamppost before it came to a stop on its left side on a road near Tai Po in the New Territories at around 6.30 p.m., TVB reported.

One elderly man interviewed on television said the driver had been going extremely fast at the time of the accident, even taking bends at high speed. The company said it would also set up an investigation team to probe the cause of the crash. It was really chaotic in the bus.

The man said he managed to get out of the bus by himself.

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Many injured passengers were sitting by the road awaiting medical help.

Several people were carried away by stretcher, their head covered in blood.

Photographs of the incident show the bus on its side with the roof torn off.

The bus, operated only on race days, was packed with passengers leaving the Sha Tin horse-racing course.

The city'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.

Nineteen people have been killed in a double-decker bus crash in Tai Po as a rescue operation continues, police have told HKFP.

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