Yang­ming­shan crash leaves 24 in­jured

Mostly for­eign tourists were in­jured in moun­tain bus crash

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A public bus car­ry­ing 34 peo­ple, mostly for­eign tourists, over­turned on a moun­tain road in Taipei’s Yang­ming­shan Na­tional Park, in­jur­ing at least 24, of­fi­cials said.

None of the in­juries were lifethreat­en­ing although a young man from Ma­cau needed an op­er­a­tion on a bro­ken bone, the of­fi­cials said.

Of the in­jured pas­sen­gers, five were from Malaysia, three from main­land China, four from Hong Kong, two from Sin­ga­pore, two from the Philip­pines and two from the United States, the of­fi­cials said.

The bus was ly­ing on its side af­ter the ac­ci­dent, with its back­doors flipped open, pic­tures of the ac­ci­dent scene showed. No signs of rain were seen.

The Cen­tral News Agency cited a wit­ness as say­ing that the bus prob­a­bly lost con­trol be­cause of a brake fail­ure. But po­lice said they have yet to de­ter­mine the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

The Route 108 bus was run­ning from Taipei across Yang­ming­shan to the coastal Jin­shan Dis­trict in New Taipei when it over­turned in the pop­u­lar Leng­shuikeng hot­spring area of the moun­tain at around 2 p.m.

The Metropoli­tan Trans­port Corp., which owns the crashed bus, said all pas­sen­gers were in­sured for ac­ci­dents, and the com­pany will help them with com­pen­sa­tion af­ter the cause of the ac­ci­dent has been de­ter­mined.

Shan Chin-tang, chief sec­re­tary at the Taipei City Public Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (TCPTC), said in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent is un­der­way. The city will also eval­u­ate the safety of the sec­tion of the road where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred, Shan added.

He said his of­fice had dis­patched per­son­nel to hos­pi­tals to help the in­jured pas­sen­gers, and fol­low-up as­sis­tance con­cern­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be given when nec­es­sary.

Taipei City Fire Depart­ment dis­patched eight am­bu­lances, five fire en­gines and 28 fire­fight­ers to the scene af­ter re­ceiv­ing the re­port of the crash at 2:26 p.m.

All of the pas­sen­gers and the driver had been able to climb out of the bus, wait­ing on the road­side for res­cue, of­fi­cials with the fire depart­ment said.

A to­tal of 24 pas­sen­gers, all con­scious and mostly slightly in­jured, were sent to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. The driver and another nine pas­sen­gers did not need to go to the hos­pi­tal, said of­fi­cials.

Five of the pas­sen­gers were sent to the Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, whose Vice Pres­i­dent Huang Hsin-chang said none of them had sus­tained life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Huang said one of them, a 21-year-old man from Ma­cau, needed an op­er­a­tion to treat a bro­ken left humerus. He said the man’s fam­ily in Ma­cau had been in­formed of the ac­ci­dent.

A cou­ple from Malaysia sus­tained bruises and scratches to their backs and chests, Huang said.

There were two lo­cal pas­sen­gers among the five, Huang re­ported, adding that one of them had a slight con­cus­sion and sus­tained a hair­line frac­ture to his right humerus, and the other sus­tained bruises to his left leg and scratches to the back of the right hand.


A bus lies on its side af­ter over­turn­ing on a moun­tain road in Taipei’s Yang­ming­shan Na­tional Park, yesterday. A to­tal of 22 pas­sen­gers, mostly for­eign tourists, were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent but they are all in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

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