A double-decker bus filled with passengers heading home from a day at a horse track crashed Saturday in Hong Kong, killing 18 people and injuring more than 60 others, authorities said. The bus had been taking passengers from Sha Tin Racecourse to Tai Po.
Police said Sunday the driver of the bus, a 30-year-old man, was arrested on risky driving charges and was being detained as the investigation continues.
Meanwhile in Java, a packed tourist bus returning from an outing collided with a motorbike and plunged off a hill after its brakes apparently failed.
The cause of the fatal accident remains unclear. The man was sober and didn't require medical treatment after the crash.
A total of 65 people were injured, some critically, according to local police.
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Before the crash, passengers had complained to the driver who was reportedly 10 minutes late and he then started speeding up, the Apple Daily reported, quoting injured passengers at the scene.
The firm said the driver was involved in a careless driving incident in 2014 in which one passenger was injured, the online edition of South China Morning Post (SCMP) said.
Since the crash, Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has brought up the danger of double-decker bus design, which may be "posing a serious threat to passengers on the upper level".
He also called the government to address the issue of many drivers working overly long hours.
In 2003, 21 people died in a bus accident in Tuen Mun.