High-speed bus crash turns deadly in Hong Kong

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A double-decker bus has crashed in Hong Kong killing 18 people and injuring almost 50, officials say.

Police have arrested the driver on suspicion of unsafe driving causing injuries and deaths.

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

The bus number 872 flipped and hit a lamppost before it came to a stop on its left side on a road near Tai Po in the New Territories at around 6.30 p.m., TVB reported.

As of 7.45pm, police said two people were still trapped in the bus.

Firefighters sort through crash debris after a bus crash in Hong Kong on February 10, 2018. "And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. People fell on one another and got tossed from side to side".

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Images from the scene showed the passenger bus lying in its side. It was not immediately known what caused the incident.

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

Hong Kong's worst road traffic accident occurred in 2003 when a double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people.

In 2008, a speeding bus careered out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured.

It is understood 40 people were injured.

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