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Two bus crashes kill over 40 people, locals and tourists

February 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Two deadly bus crashes on Saturday have killed at least 43 people and injured about 60 others, with tourists among the dead.

One of the crashes was in Hong Kong and the other in Indonesia.

One of Hong Kong’s famous double-decker buses, heading from a racecourse in the district of Sha Tin to Tai Po Centre in Hong Kong’s New Territories turned over and sheared off part of its roof.

The crash killed at least 18 people and injured dozens of others. Hong Kong has a good road safety record so the crash was a very unusual event.

At least 62 other passengers were injured, including 15 people rushed to hospital in serious condition and 10 who were critical, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority said.

Passengers said the driver had fallen behind schedule and was driving fast to catch up, according to one report. The crash was the deadliest in Hong Kong since 2003, when a double-decker bus hurtled through a guardrail and down an embankment, killing 21 people.

IN INDONESIA, MEANWHILE, at least 25 people were killed on the same day as the Hong Kong accident.

The Indonesian crash occurred when a bus carrying tourists to a thermal spring near Mount Tangkuban Parahu ran off the road and overturned.

Indonesian rescue personnel with crashed bus

The bus had been taking about 40 passengers, mainly local tourists, to the springs when the accident happened.

At least 16 people, including the driver, were injured.

The bus apparently stalled or lost power while going up a steep hill, then rolled backwards, colliding with a motorcycle before carrying on down the hill in reverse, running off the road, flipping and landing upside-down near a river.

Television footage showed police, soldiers and medical personnel evacuating the victims from the upside-down bus.

Written by Peter Needham

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