26 killed as Taiwan tour bus bursts into flames
19 July 2016, 16:46
Taipei - A tour bus carrying visitors from mainland China burst
into flames on a busy highway near Taiwan's capital on Tuesday, killing 26
people, Taiwanese media said.
The accident took place on the No. 2 national highway in Taoyuan County
south of Taipei, the official Central News Agency and others reported.
The website of Taiwan's China Times newspaper said those aboard
were tourists from China's Liaoning province, but officials have not confirmed
that. The paper said no one aboard made it off the burning bus.
The Central News Agency and others reported that the bus
apparently smashed into a roadside barrier and caught fire, although the exact
sequence of events wasn't immediately clear. Photos from the scene showed
flames and thick black smoke pouring from the cab of the bus.
Taoyuan fire department official Zeng Hao said by phone that the
total number of dead and injured was still being compiled.