Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

At Least 32 People Killed In Tour Bus Crash In Taiwan

At Least 32 People Killed In Tour Bus Crash In Taiwan

The daughter of the driver of the ill-fated Taiwanese bus, identified as Miss Kang Yi-jen, claimed that her father was overworked. Authorities were immediately alerted about the accident following which the fire department rushed to the spot.

TVBS television reported that 28 people died and 16 people with injuries were sent to a hospital.

An official with the agency said the tourists were "likely" all from Taiwan, but that it was still looking at passenger information.

Dashboard camera footage captured by a nearby vehicle suggests that the bus lost control at the exit ramp of a highway near the capital Taipei and flipped over, reports Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

"Most people were asleep after the long day trip".

Some reports claimed the driver of the bus had been working for 14 hours straight.

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Police are investigating whether the bus was speeding at the time, according to local media. Investigators said driver fatigue could not be ruled out, the Apple Daily reported.

But a spokesman for the travel agency said the driver had a three-hour break while the passengers were touring the farm.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said victims' families would each receive NT$6 million (US$193,000) in compensation.

The crash was the latest accident involving tour buses in Taiwan.

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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