Hong Kong police probe deadly bus accident

HONG KONG (AFP) – A deadly Hong Kong bus crash that killed 19 and left scores more injured was under investigation yesterday, with the city’s leader calling for a wide-ranging inquiry as questions surfaced over the industry’s long hours and low pay.

Most victims of the accident on Saturday evening, which saw a double decker flip over and smash into a lamppost, were men aged in their 50s and 60s, according to local media. One man was 37.

There were heart-wrenching scenes at the site of the crash Sunday, as loved ones of the dead wailed with grief amid burning incense sticks at a makeshift commemoration.

“Come home,” one mourner cried, while others were so overcome with emotion they had to be supported by companions.

Police said 19 were killed and 65 injured, some critically, after the vehicle overturned in the north of the semi-autonomous region. The driver has been arrested.

“The 30-year-old male bus driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. He is still being detained for further enquiries,” police said in a statement early Sunday.

Most of the injured and some of the dead were on the upper deck of the bus, Chan Hing-yu of the fire department told reporters.