Taiwan tour bus ‘flips over’ leaving 32 dead

Emergency services in Taipei use crane to pry crushed vehicle open

Rescuers gather around a   bus crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that left 32 passengers dead.  Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Rescuers gather around a bus crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that left 32 passengers dead. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

 

A bus carrying Taiwanese tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms has flipped over on a road in Taiwan’s capital, killing 32 people and injuring many others, according to emergency services.

The bus was carrying 44 people when it crashed on Monday evening local time on the No 5 road, the Taipei city fire department said.

Authorities were still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

“It happened on a curve, so the bus flipped and that could be due to excess speed,” said Tu Bing-cheng, a Taipei city official.

“The whole frame of the bus changed shape, got crushed and left no openings.”

Many passengers were trapped under the crushed bus, and rescue personnel had to use a crane to pry the vehicle open.

Thirty-two people, all Taiwanese, were confirmed dead and the remaining passengers were sent to hospitals for treatment, Mr Tu said.

The bus belonged to a private company, he said.

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

A bus accident in Taiwan last July killed 26 tourists from mainland China, raising concern from officials in Beijing about travel safety.

– (AP)