Bus crash in Hong Kong kills 18, injures dozens extra

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HONG KONG - A double-decker bus crashed in a Hong Kong suburb on Saturday evening, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more, authorities in the southern Chinese city said.

Of those killed, 15 were men and three were women.

A total of 18 people died and 47 people were injured in the accident.

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

Saturday's crash was the worst in Hong Kong since 2003, when 21 passengers were killed in another bus crash.

The government press release stated that last evening the "30-year old male bus driver was arrested for risky driving causing death and unsafe driving causing grievous bodily harm".

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According to injured passengers, the bus was allegedly going faster than allowed after they had complained that the bus was 10 minutes behind schedule, local media reported.

Most of the passengers were horse racing fans, as the bus was traveling on a special route for horse racing days.

Multiple passengers interviewed by the TVB and Cable TV news channels said the bus was moving at a high rate of speed when the accident happened.

Meanwhile in Java, a packed tourist bus returning from an outing collided with a motorbike and plunged off a hill after its brakes apparently failed.

In a statement on Sunday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to the governments and nations of China and the Hong Kong SAR, as well as the families of victims of the deadly bus crash.

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