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30 tourists hurt in tour bus crash

By Deng Jingyin (Global Times)

08:47, September 26, 2012

A tour bus carrying 34 tourists from Beijing overturned in Taiwan's Hualien County Monday afternoon, injuring 30 passengers, four of them seriously.

More than 10 tourists were sent to the local hospital after the accident happened around 4:20 pm, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The Taipei branch of the Chinese mainland's Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Strait told the Global Times that two severely injured tourists were admitted to a hospital's Intensive Care Unit for treatment and another two with minor injuries were still at the hospital for observation.

"The other tourists are resting in a hotel now. We're helping local authorities deal with this accident, in terms of treatment for the injured and the compensation issue," said an assistant, surnamed Zhong, from the Taipei branch.

Zhai Shuangjing, 57, was severely injured and suffered internal bleeding to her chest. Another two female tourists surnamed Liu and Hou sustained serious injuries in the chest and head respectively, and Liu Tieji, 51, suffered serious back injuries, Xinhua reported.

The tour group, organized by China International Travel Service (CITS), arrived in Taiwan on September 20 and was scheduled to return on Thursday.

CITS said an emergency plan was in place, and they will aid family members who wish to go to Taiwan to visit their injured relatives.

"We have reported this accident to authorities and also informed the insurance company for compensation," said Zhao Xin, vice president of CITS.

Two family members of one severely injured passenger will fly to Taiwan Wednesday together with the company's general manager, Zhao said.

The severely injured tourist suffered six broken ribs and had surgery to remove a ruptured spleen, said Zhao, who did not reveal the tourist's identity.

Taiwan tourism bureau said the bus, manufactured in 2010, overturned on Provincial Highway 11, and a preliminary investigation found the accident was probably caused by the heavy rain.

"The low visibility caused by rain and poor road conditions led to the accident," said the director of the operation department of the Taiwan tourism bureau, surnamed Yang, on Tuesday.

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