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Hong Kong cancels New Year fireworks to mourn bus crash

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

A spectacular display staged annually over Hong Kong's to mark Lunar New Year will be cancelled this year as the city mourns victims of a deadly bus crash, it was announced today.

A speeding double-decker overturned in northern on Saturday evening, killing 19 and leaving more than 60 injured, some critically.

It was the second deadliest bus accident in recent years in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city, which prides itself on one of the world's best

As went into mourning, the government responded to mounting pressure from lawmakers to call off the scheduled for the second day of on Saturday.

Chinese tradition says the seventh day after a death is when the spirit of the deceased returns to bid farewell for the last time.

"Residents are grieving and want to express their sombre mood, and their respect and care for the dead and injured," said

Scores of residents flooded centres yesterday to donate blood for the injured, reported.

A 30-year-old has been arrested for dangerous driving but the accident has also reignited concern over working conditions for bus drivers.

Lam has pledged an independent investigation and called for a broad examination of the city's bus franchise system.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 18:10 IST