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HONG KONG, China (3rd UPDATE) - At least 18 people were killed and dozens injured when a double-decker bus toppled over in Hong Kong on Saturday evening, February 10, police said.

Images from the scene showed the passenger bus lying in its side.

Police have yet to comment on the cause of the crash.

A double decker bus has overturned in Hong Kong, leaving at least 19 people dead.

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She said the commission will be headed by a judge and she expected it to come up with suggestions to ensure Hong Kong's public transport system is reliable and safe. Passengers suggested the bus was speeding downhill at the time, and the driver appeared to be upset after he was told off for being late.

'And then it was like the tyre slipped, and the bus turned. Reuters reports firefighters had to cut open the bus' roof to free the passengers inside. It was really chaotic on the bus.

"The injured were taken to 12 different hospitals, and a temporary morgue was set up at the scene", the report stated.

Fourteen people were injured last April when a double-decker tram tipped over, with a 23-year-old driver later arrested for unsafe driving causing harm to others.

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The bus was travelling from Sha Tin race course.

In 2008, 18 people were killed in another bus crash.

The driver of the bus joined the company in 2014.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's top official, said after the crash previous year that she didn't believe new laws governing drivers' hours were an answer, and that any solution had to address broader questions of worker shortages.

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