HONG KONG (CNA) – At least six people were killed and 40 people injured after a double-decker bus crashed into a tree on a Hong Kong highway yesterday, authorities said. Live footage showed firefighters trying to reach victims on the top deck of the KMB bus, which had been turned into a tangled mess of twisted metal and shattered glass, leaving some passenger seats dangling off the side.
Victims were seen being removed in black body bags and placed next to a sign reading “Temporary Mortuary” at the roadside on Fanling Highway near Kwu Tung. Police said six people were certified dead at the scene – three men and three women. The city’s Hospital Authority said 40 people had been injured and that it had activated its “major incident” plan in response to the crash. News outlet RTHK said the top deck of the KMB bus was “sliced open”.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed her condolences to the families of those who died as well as to the injured and their families. The Hong Kong leader is shocked and saddened by the incident, said an official statement. She has told the authorities to provide assistance to those injured as well as family members of the victims.