Tai­wan tour bus flips, killing 32

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD - TRAGEDY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A bus car­ry­ing Tai­wanese tourists on a trip to view cherry blos­soms flipped over on an ex­press­way ramp in Tai­wan’s cap­i­tal on Mon­day, killing 32 peo­ple and in­jur­ing many oth­ers, of­fi­cials said.

The bus was car­ry­ing 44 peo­ple when it crashed Mon­day evening on the No. 5 ex­press­way, the Taipei city fire depart­ment said. It said au­thor­i­ties were still try­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

“It hap­pened on a curve, so the bus flipped and that could be due to ex­cess speed,” said Tu Bing-cheng, a Taipei city of­fi­cial. “The whole frame of the bus changed shape, got crushed and left no open­ings.”

Many pas­sen­gers were trapped un­der the crushed bus, and res­cue per­son­nel used a crane to pry the ve­hi­cle open.

Thirty-two peo­ple, all Tai­wanese, were con­firmed dead and the re­main­ing pas­sen­gers were sent to hos­pi­tals for treat­ment, Tu said. The bus be­longed to a pri­vate com­pany, he said. It was tak­ing tourists back from a trip to see cherry blos­soms when it crashed, Taipei city Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji said.

A bus ac­ci­dent in Tai­wan last July killed 26 tourists from main­land China, rais­ing con­cern from of­fi­cials in Bei­jing about travel safety.

AP PHOTO

Bod­ies are cov­ered at the scene of a crash where a bus col­lided with a car on a high­way in Taipei, Tai­wan, Mon­day.

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