18 dead, 60 hurt as Hong Kong double-decker bus overturns

At least 18 dead in Hong Kong bus crash

Pictures from the scene on Saturday showed rescue workers cutting open the roof of the vehicle to reach the casualties inside.

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 crash happened near a large horse racecourse where special arrangements had been made due to expected heavy traffic.

The causes of the incident are being investigated.

"It was much faster than I normally felt in a bus", an injured passenger told the South China Morning Post's online edition.

Hong Kong implemented guidelines in 2010 that limit drivers' shifts to 14 hours total and 11 hours behind the wheel, but officials said after a crash a year ago that more wide-reaching policies would be necessary to improve safety and working conditions, the Times reports.

Dozens were injured in the wreck, police spokeswoman said. And then it was like the tyres slipped and the bus turned.

Police confirmed that at least 18 people people have died. It was really chaotic on the bus.

General Manager Godwin So Wai-kei attended the scene of the crash, telling reporters the company would issue a "condolence allowance" of HK$80,000 (£7,200, $10,000) to injured passengers and the families of the deceased.

While Hong Kong has a well-developed and generally safe public transportation system, fatal bus crashes have persisted.

Saturday's accident appears to be the worst since July 2003, when a double-decker fell off an elevated road after being hit by a lorry, killing 21 people.