July 22, 2016 – A Taiwan tour bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a highway railing while on the way to the airport on Tuesday. Authorities said that the bus burst into flames killing all 26 people on board.
Authorities said in a statement that the tour bus was carrying twenty four tourists on an 8-day tour that has been organized by a Chinese travel agency in northeastern province of Liaoning. The Taiwanese tour guide and the driver were also killed.
National Highway police Bureau, Lu Jui-yao, told reporters that the fire moved very fast that’s why all 26 people on board died.
Taiwan is considered as a popular destination for mainland tourists. They provide the island a major source of tourism revenue. Traffic accidents in Taiwan involving tourists from China are not uncommon.
China regards Taiwan as a revolutionary province and for years, travelling between the 2 sides was restricted. However, tourist exchanges have totally deepened over the past 2 decades, with a lot of first time Chinese tourists visiting the democratically ruled island.
According to Taiwan authorities, they were still investigating since the cause of the fire was seemed to be unclear.
Tung Chen-yuan, the cabinet spokesman of Taiwan, said government officials dealing with China affairs and tourism had already reached out to their mainland counterparts. He added that they would help arrange for the victims’ relatives to come to Taiwan.
When the accident happened, the Chinese tourists were on their way to Taoyuan (the main airport of the island just south of the capital Taipei) for their flight back to China.