Tour buses grounded af­ter deadly crash

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TAI­WAN au­thor­i­ties or­dered some tour buses off the road yes­ter­day af­ter one caught fire and killed 26 on board as ques­tions swirl over why emer­gency doors and win­dows did not open.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that bod­ies were found piled at the es­cape routes at the back of the bus full of Chi­nese tourists, which caught fire then crashed through an ex­press­way bar­rier on July 19 on its way to the main air­port in Taoyuan in Taipei.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve me­chan­i­cal or elec­tri­cal fail­ure near the driver’s seat may have led to the dis­as­ter, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The China Times said pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions had also found emer­gency door han­dles may have been dis­torted by heat from the inferno in­side the bus.

Pic­tures from the scene showed two men out­side the bus try­ing to smash win­dows open with fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

One eye­wit­ness said trapped pas­sen­gers in­side the bus had been pound­ing on the win­dows as it ca­reered off the road.

Four buses be­long­ing to the Mei Kui Shih Trans­porta­tion Com­pany – which op­er­ated the tour bus – were or­dered off the road.

Another 16 buses of the same model, used by other tour com­pa­nies, will have a com­pul­sory in­spec­tion within the next week. –

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