Date
29 May 2017
Taiwan authorities are investigating a tourist bus fire that claimed the lives of 26 people. Photo: CCTV
Taiwan authorities are investigating a tourist bus fire that claimed the lives of 26 people. Photo: CCTV

Taiwan bus fire kills 26, including 24 Chinese tourists

A Taiwan tour bus carrying tourists from China crashed into a highway railing en route to an airport on Tuesday and burst into flames, killing all 26 on board.

The bus was carrying 24 tourists on an eight-day tour organized by a travel agency in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning, Reuters reported, citing Taiwan authorities.

The passengers were on their way to Taoyuan, the island’s main airport just south of the capital Taipei, for their flight back to China when the accident happened.

The driver and the tour guide, both from Taiwan, were also killed.

“The fire moved very fast. All 26 died,” Lu Jui-yao, an official with Taiwan’s National Highway Police Bureau, was quoted as saying.

The cause of the fire was unclear. Authorities have launched an investigation.

Taiwan is a popular destination for mainland tourists, who provide a major source of tourism revenue for the island.

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