24 main­land tourists killed in Tai­wan coach fire

Fiji Sun - - World News - Xin­hua

Taipei: Twenty-six peo­ple have died af­ter a tour bus caught fire on a high­way near Taoyuan Air­port in Tai­wan on Tues­day.

The vic­tims in­clude 23 tourists and a guide from the Chi­nese main­land, ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan au­thor­i­ties. The other two were the driver and a tour guide from Tai­wan. There were no sur­vivors from the bus, which, as images from high­way sur­veil­lance cam­eras showed, was churn­ing out smoke as it crashed into an outer lane bar­rier on the high­way and caught fire. The main­land tourist group was com­posed of 14 women, seven men, two girls and a boy. They were head­ing to the air­port af­ter an eight-day tour of the is­land, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

It took fire­fight­ers about 30 min­utes to put out the flames, ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan au­thor­i­ties. The tour bus had a record of five traf­fic vi­o­la­tions in six years of ser­vice. Ar­range­ments will be made as soon as pos­si­ble for the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims to go to Tai­wan, said Man Hong­wei, di­rec­tor of the Taipei of­fice of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Tourism Ex­change Across the Tai­wan Straits.

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