28 tourists dead in Taiwan bus crash

Miranda GreerFeb 14, 2017

A Taiwan bus reported to have been taking local tourists home after visiting seasonal cherry blossoms veered off a highway late yesterday, killing at least 32 passengers, the national fire department said.

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

Investigators said the driver of that bus intentionally set fire to it in a suicide bid before it careered into a crash barrier.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

A bus that crashed along a highway is lifted by a crane on Tuesday in Taipei, Taiwan.

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

News agency CNA said no foreign nationals were thought to be on the bus.

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

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

It followed a grisly murder-suicide previous year in which 24 Chinese tourists were killed after the driver set their moving bus on fire.

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