Crash killed Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30
- Taxi driver Wong Kim-Chung, 53, was also killed in crash at 11:40am today
- £195pp restaurant in Berkshire called men 'uniquely talented young chefs'
- Bus driver 'collapsed and lost control of vehicle as it careered down a hill'
Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck were killed today in a major road accident in Hong Kong that also left their taxi driver dead and injured 56 other people.
The victims were named locally as British chef Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, of Sweden, who died after a bus driver collapsed and lost control of his vehicle.
Driver Wong Kim-Chung, 53, was also killed. The £195-per-person restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, said both men were senior members of staff and described them as 'uniquely talented young chefs'.
Smashed: Firefighters inspect thr taxi crushed during an accident with two double-decker buses in Hong Kong
Rescue scene: Three people died and about 50 were injured in the crash in the eastern district of Shau Kei Wan
The men were said to have been in the city to open a new restaurant and were travelling in the taxi when the accident happened, after a bus careered down a hill and caused a three-vehicle pile-up.
The bus crashed into the taxi, which in turn hit another bus. The three men inside the taxi were trapped for more than an hour before being cut out, reported the South China Morning Post.
The accident happened at 11:40am local time today as a double-decker bus went down Chai Wan Road towards Shau Kei Wan. Ages of the injured people ranged from seven months to 90 years.
A bus passenger told the South China Morning Post that she heard the driver shout loudly, a bang and then saw ‘he had already collapsed, with his body tilting to one side’.
Tragic: The two men were reportedly in the city to open a new restaurant and were travelling in the taxi
Wreckage: Firefighters are seen next to a taxi crushed during an accident with two buses in Hong Kong
The woman stood up and shouted 'Does anyone know how to drive?’, but nobody was able to stop it before it hit the taxi and the other bus. She was thrown to the floor but survived the impact.
'Does anyone know how to drive?'
What female bus passenger shouted as vehicle careered down road
The three men were declared dead at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. A further 18 people remained in hospital today.
A spokesman for the restaurant said: 'We can confirm two members of our team were tragically killed in a car accident. They were both senior members and great and dear friends.
'(They were) two uniquely talented young chefs that were loved by everyone who worked with them. They will be sadly and deeply missed.' Mr Blumenthal opened The Fat Duck restaurant in 1995.