Lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting of the Democratic Party urged the government to rethink the design of double-decker buses, saying the upper decks had been "repeatedly torn off in accidents, posing a serious threat to passengers on the upper level".
The accident happened at around 6.15 p.m. when a bus on its way to Tai Po from Shatin racecourse toppled to its left on Tai Po Road, New Territories, destroying a bus station on roadside.
Firefighters dig through debris after a deadly bus crash on Saturday in Hong Kong.
HONG Kong police said today they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for risky driving.
Authorities said 10 of the injured were in critical condition and 15 were seriously wounded.
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Photos and videos published by local media or posted by users on social media showed the gold-colored bus lying on its side while emergency workers treat injured passengers nearby.
TV channels broadcast footage of rescuers cutting open the roof of the bus, operated by the Kowloon Motor Bus Co., and bodies of passengers laid out on the ground, covered in white sheets.
The cause of the fatal accident remains unclear.
The passengers were not identified by name.
In 2003, 21 people died in a bus accident in Tuen Mun.