Killed In Taiwan Bus Crash

At least 28 people were killed in northern Taiwan when a tourist bus overturned on a highway on Monday, Central News Agency reported. Taiwanese television footage showed the bus careening toward a road barrier at a highway curve before flipping on its side.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

The bus was carrying 44 people when it crashed Monday evening on the No. 5 expressway, the Taipei city fire department said.

Over 40 people were on board, and most were local elderly tourists returning from a cherry blossom tour in Taichung, local media said.

Rescue personnel used a crane to pry the vehicle open.

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A bus driver working for the travel-agency that sold the tour told the EETV broadcaster that some colleagues had previously complained about the tiring assignment.

As of 11:45 p.m., 32 people had died in the crash, including two who had been hospitalized, and the other 12 were being treated at nearby hospitals for severe injuries.

The crash is the latest accident involving tour buses in Taiwan.

According to preliminary data, the driver might have lost control of the bus, the police said.

  • Adam Floyd