The families of the 18 people killed in Thursday's horrific bus crash in Sai Kung will be offered a maximum of HK$100,000 in emergency aid, a committee member of the Shinji Shumeikai spiritual group has said. The victims were all members of the group. Wu Kwok-kei said yesterday the group's insurer would pay between HK$50,000 and HK$100,000 to each family of the deceased. The families would also receive up to HK$25,000 in burial grants. The religious group said all but four passengers were covered by personal accident insurance. The four were not covered as they were over 75, the group said, adding that it would provide financial assistance to these families. The Hong Kong branch of Shinji Shumeikai, a Japanese spiritual group, also said it had received HK$200,000 in donations from its members and community organisations. Mr Wu said about six families had indicated they were in financial difficulty and would require assistance. The religious group also sought help from the Yan Chai Hospital emergency assistance fund. Compensation arrangements for the injured were still being worked out. Mr Wu said two spiritual leaders who had come to Hong Kong from Japan to take part in Friday's mourning ceremonies would stay to help. Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority said 33 people remained in eight hospitals: seven in critical condition, eight serious and 18 stable. The accident happened when one of three buses taking members of the religious group from Wong Tai Sin to its headquarters in Sai Kung crashed at a roundabout on the downhill section of New Hiram's Highway. The bus flipped on its side and rammed into a noise barrier. The roof was crushed and seats twisted, trapping the dead and the injured.