Dozens dead as Taiwan tour bus flips over near Taipei

14 February, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Rescuers gather around a crashed bus in Taipei

The bus was carrying 45 people on board, including a driver and a guide, when it turned over on a ramp, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported, citing rescuers.

The national fire department confirmed many passengers "showed no signs of life" on arrival this evening.

"The whole frame of the bus changed shape, got crushed and left no openings". Local television showed a video of the bus shot from behind flipping onto its side and skidding toward the hillside after it hit a road barrier when negotiating a highway interchange curve.

It was taking tourists back from a trip to see cherry blossoms when it crashed, Taipei city Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji said.

It said authorities were still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

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The fire department told Reuters that area hospitals were treating 12 people injured in the crash.

There were reportedly only local tourists with no foreign nationals who were coming from Taichung.

Rescue personnel used a crane to pry the vehicle open.

The bus belonged to a private company, he said.

According to reports, the bus was 19 years old and belonged to an agency that runs tours across Taiwan.

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