33 killed after coach overturns in Taiwan

Rescuers gather around a crashed bus in Taipei

These series of accidents are putting a dent in Taiwan's safety record.

The tour bus overturned on a highway in Taipei on Monday night.

According to the details of the incident provided, the Taiwanese passengers had been returning home from a trip to a farm in the central region of Taichung when the bus slid off the motorway in the capital Taipei. Highway police spokesperson Ma Ling-wen said speed has not been ruled out as a cause of the accident.

Hsiao said that as she was pulled from the wreckage she was terrified to see that some passengers had suffered horrific injuries because of the strong impact of the crash.

An initial investigation suggested the accident may have been caused by driver fatigue or speeding. The Taiwan-based China News Agency (CNA) added that 200 fire-fighters and 20 ambulances had been deployed to the crash site.




"He was also suffering a flu and had requested a day off, but the travel agency did not allow", she said.

But a Travel Agent Association of Taiwan spokesman said the driver had "sufficient rest", AFP reported.

Mr Lee told The Straits Times that the bus was in "good condition" and had passed a maintenance inspection last month.

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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