At Least 32 People Killed In Tour Bus Crash In Taiwan

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At Least 32 People Killed In Tour Bus Crash In Taiwan

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.

Officials say numerous passengers were trapped under the crushed bus, and rescue personnel used a crane to pry the vehicle open. He said "the whole frame of the bus changed shape".

A number of passengers were trapped under the crushed bus, and rescuers used a crane to pry the vehicle open.

No immediate explanation of the cause of the accident was given.

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Channel NewsAsia reports that the bus, which was carrying 44 people including the driver and a tour guide, hit a road barrier before flipping on to its side.

Numerous victims were elderly tourists, reportedly returning from a trip to see cherry blossoms.

Local TV station TVBS said 16 people were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.

Twenty ambulances have been sent to the scene, according to news agency CNA.

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