The 30-year-old Kowloon Motor Bus driver involved in Saturday’s deadly bus crash that claimed 19 lives has been remanded in custody.

The driver of the Tai Po-bound bus, Chan Ho-ming, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death. He appeared before the Fanling Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

Government officials observing a moment of mourning. Photo: GovHK.

The prosecution said that the charge may be amended to a more serious one, with the magistrate refusing to grant bail owing to the gravity of the case. Local media earlier reported that the police were not ruling out manslaughter charges.

The hearing will resume on April 10.

The incident – one of the deadliest traffic accident in recent years – injured 60 passengers, with six are still in a critical condition as of Monday night.

Moment of silence

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Monday that the fireworks display scheduled for February 17 has been cancelled in light of the tragedy. Flags flew at half-mast on Tuesday, while the government observed a moment of silence before their regular meeting on Tuesday morning.

Lam told reporters before the weekly Executive Council meeting that China Liaison Office Director Wang Zhimin has relayed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s concern over the incident. He also relayed Xi, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the NPCSC Zhang Dejiang’s condolences to the families of the victims, she said.

Xi Jinping. File photo: GovHK.

“Here I’d like to give thanks to the three leaders of the country for their concern,” she said, adding that the China Liaison Office, the China’s Foreign Ministry Commissioner Office and public servants with the People’s Liberation Army will also observe a minute of mourning.

Lam said that she will not take part in celebratory events in the coming one to two weeks – such as the Lunar New Year market – nor will other principal officials of the government.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.