Speed a possible factor in Taiwan bus crash that killed 32

Posted February 15, 2017

A bus driver working for the travel-agency that sold the tour told the EETV broadcaster that some colleagues had previously complained about the tiring assignment. Sixteen have been admitted to hospital, local police said. The passengers, all Taiwanese and mostly senior citizens, were on their way back to Taipei after a day trip to view cherry blossoms at Wuling Farm in central Taiwan.

The latest tragedy looks to be another setback for Taiwan's tourism industry, which has seen a 33 per cent drop in mainland Chinese tourist arrivals since May a year ago, when President Tsai Ing-wen took office.

The survivors, some of whom were seriously injured, were sent to hospitals nearby.

Photos also show rows of bodies being lined up in the road and covered with cloth as rescue workers continue to make the scene safe.

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan gave their condolences and instructed officials to uncover the cause of the accident at the earliest.

One of the worst accidents in the history of Taiwan took place on Monday night resulting in the death of 32 people and severe injury of 12 others. Till now it is not clear why the bus crashed but investigations are underway to uncover the cause.

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