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Taiwan bus crash kills 1, injures 4

07-07-2012 18:27 BJT

HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 7 (Xinhua) -- A tour bus accident in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Saturday morning has left the driver dead and four tourists from the Chinese mainland seriously injured.

According to the local fire station, all of the four seriously injured have been sent to three hospitals in Hsinchu. They are now out of critical condition.

The tour bus was on its way to the Sun and Moon Lake when it overturned, the result -- it is thought -- of a burst rear-left tire.

The driver was crushed to death under the bus. Aside from the seriously wounded, the crash left four others slightly wounded.

Local police said the cause of the crash is still being investigated. The bus was bought within the last three years and had recently passed a vehicle inspection.

According to Yang Yung-sheng, of the Taiwan tourism department, the bus was carrying 37 tourists and one tour guide from the mainland, plus the driver and another tour guide from Taiwan.

The tourist group was received by a local tourist company and was scheduled to stay in Taiwan from July 6 to July 13, Yang added.

An official from the Taiwan branch of the Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Strait told Xinhua that the association is in close contact with concerned Taiwan departments to deal with the rescue work and aftermath.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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