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Tour bus crash in Taiwan injures 32 from mainland

(Shanghai Daily)

13:02, February 18, 2012

More than 30 tourists from the Chinese mainland were hurt in a tour bus accident in Taiwan yesterday, including about 10 who were severely injured, Taiwan media reported.

The passengers were from a visiting group of Peking opera artists, invited by a Taiwanese theatrical company.

The accident happened about 6pm in scenic Hualien County on the east coast, where the tour bus, riding on an expressway, crashed into a wall and overturned.

Witnesses said the bus lost control after braking hard on the slippery road to avoid a vehicle ahead.

There were 34 people onboard the bus, including the driver and a tour guide, reported Taiwan's BCC News Network. The injured were sent to four hospitals by 13 ambulances. A 76-year-old woman, identified by BCC as Gou Xiaorong, was said to lose her life signs in the hospital but was revived later. A 70-year-old man was in a coma and underwent emergency treatment.

The driver was not injured. The cause of the accident was under investigation.

Chinese mainland tourists killed or injured in Taiwan have made headlines, especially since tourism to Taiwan has opened up. In April last year, a train full of mainland tourists on a 100-year-old railroad overturned on Ali Mountain after being hit by a falling tree, killing six and injuring dozens.

Relatives of each victim received about 1.3 million yuan in compensation.

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