TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A bus carrying Taiwanese tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms flipped over on an expressway ramp in Taiwan’s capital on Feb. 13, killing 32 people and injuring many others, officials said.
The bus was carrying 44 people when it crashed on the No. 5 expressway, the Taipei city fire department said. “It happened on a curve, so the bus flipped and that could be due to excess speed,” said Tu Bing-cheng, a Taipei city official. “The whole frame of the bus changed shape, got crushed and left no openings.”
Many passengers were trapped under the crushed bus, and rescue personnel used a crane to pry the vehicle open.
Thirty-two people, all Taiwanese, were confirmed dead and the remaining passengers were sent to hospitals for treatment, Tu said.
The bus belonged to a private company, he said.
A bus accident in Taiwan last July killed 26 tourists from mainland China, raising concern from officials in Beijing about travel safety.