Taiwan coach fire kills 26 tourists

Published on : Monday, July 25, 2016

Taiwan coach fireA tour bus went up in flames close to Taoyuan Airport on Tuesday in Taiwan claiming the lives of twenty-six people. The incident killed as many as 23 tourists as well as a guide belonging to the Chinese mainland, as revealed by the authorities of Taiwan.


The remaining two people who died were a tour guide from Taiwan and the bus driver.


Nobody present in the bus was able to survive the incident in which the bus caught fire after crashing against the outer lane barrier on the highway.


The tourists from the Chinese mainland comprised 14 women, two girls, seven men and a boy. They were planning to visit the airport following a tour of the island, as declared by the local authorities.


Taiwan authorities said that the firefighters extinguished the flames in about 30 minutes. In the six years of its service, the tourist bus had violated traffic rules at least five times.


The traffic police informed that investigations are in process to identify the cause of the incident.


Man Hongwei, director, Taipei Office, Association for Tourism Exchange said that the authorities would make arrangements for the relatives of the bus victims to visit Taiwan.


Emergency response initiatives have been started by the State Council Taiwan Affairs, as per Ma Xiaogaung, a spokesperson.


The spokesperson added that the Taiwan government was anxious about the security of Chinese tourists and that they would release a team to Taiwan to assist in dealing with the aftermath of the disaster.


Liaoning Overseas Travel Service had organized the tourist group of mainland China. The Liaoning provincial tourism bureau had declared that it would make attempts to verify the names of people who had officially registered with the company for the tour.


It was confirmed that 21 of the bus fire victims belonged to Dalian, according to the Tourism Bureau of Dalian City. The remaining three victims were from Hunan, Jilin and Heilongjang provinces.


Emergency measures have been launched by the government of Dalian soon after the disaster. The officials of the Tourism Bureau of Dalian City have sent their condolences to the relatives of the victims.


Photo courtesy: Mirror Online

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