Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Hong Kong Bus Accident Claims Lives

Hong Kong Bus Accident Claims Lives

Firefighters sift through debris after a bus crash in Hong Kong on February 10, 2018.

According to the SCMP, one passenger said the bus was going "much faster" than usual.

The driver has been arrested on charges of causing death and grievous bodily harm by risky driving.

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.

At least 62 others were injured in the crash, including 15 people hospitalized in serious condition and 10 who were critical, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority said.

"Multiple" people were killed when the Amtrak passenger train derailed, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate, officials said.

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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.

He also called on the government to immediately follow up on, and regulate the working time limit for bus drivers - for example, by requiring regular health checkups to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.

Hong Kong's public transport is usually safe, and deadly accidents of this scale are relatively infrequent.

According to the representative, the driver showed no signs of fatigue.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured in the Prince of Wales Hospital, HKSAR Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she will order an independent inquiry to see whether there are any systemic problems with Hong Kong's bus operations.

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