Driver of bus in February’s fatal crash charged with manslaughter

Firefighters (C) sort through crash debris after a bus crash in Hong Kong on February 10, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Isaac Lawrence

Police have charged with manslaughter the bus driver behind the wheel of a double decker that crashed in Tai Po in February and killed 19 people.

Chan Ho-ming, 30, had initially faced a count of dangerous driving in the wake of the tragedy.

Following further investigation and advice from the Department of Justice, an amended charge was laid with 19 counts of manslaughter and 18 counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, police said yesterday in a statement.

The crash occurred on February 10 when a Kowloon Motor Bus driven by Chan lost control and flipped on its side while making a turn near Tai Po Mei.

At the time, Chan was driving the route from Sha Tin racecourse towards Tai Po. Some 60 passengers, many racegoers, were injured.

The case had a brief hearing at Fanling Magistrates Court yesterday. Prosecutors accused Chan of gross negligence in taking the corner at speed and failing to apply the breaks sufficiently, according to on.cc.

Chan was remanded in custody and will appear at the Eastern Magistrates Court on November 19 for committal proceedings.

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