Dozens dead as Taiwan tour bus flips over near Taipei

AT least 28 people have died after a tour bus flipped in Taiwan.

Numerous passengers were elderly, although the age range was early 20s to late 60s, according to city authorities.

Local media said the passengers had been returning from a trip to a farm in central Taichung when the bus came off the road in eastern Taipei.

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Numerous victims were elderly tourists, reportedly returning from a trip to see cherry blossoms. Taiwanese television footage showed the bus careening toward a road barrier at a highway curve before flipping on its side.

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact cause of the accident.

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

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The bus was carrying 44 people, including the driver and a tour guide.

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

According to preliminary data, the driver might have lost control of the bus, the police said.

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


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