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26 killed in Taiwan bus fire accident

By Zhang Xiaomin in Dalian and Wu Yong in Shenyang (China Daily USA) Updated: 2016-07-20 11:26

Twenty-four tourists from the Chinese mainland were among 26 people killed in a bus fire in Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon. There were no survivors.

The driver and a tour guide, both from Taiwan, were also killed in the fire. The tourists were on their way to the airport to return home after an eight-day visit when the accident happened.

The fire occurred about 1 pm on a highway near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, 10 males and 16 females were killed. The youngest victim was 12 years old, and the oldest was 73. Most of the tourists were from Liaoning province in Northeast China.

A highway police spokesman said, "From what we have seen from our surveillance cameras, the front part of the bus apparently caught fire before the bus slammed into the road barriers and burst into flames."

According to local police, nine bodies were found close to each other at the rear of the bus, where the victims apparently had attempted to escape through an emergency exit.

A firefighter from a local unit said the driver might have died before he could open the two bus doors.

The group had departed from Dalian, Liaoning province.

Contact the writers at wu- yong@chinadaily.com.cn

26 killed in Taiwan bus fire accident

A tour bus carrying visitors from the Chinese mainland burst into flames on a highway near Taipei on Tuesday, killing all 26 people on board. Provided By China Times

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