24 Chinese tourists perish in Taiwan bus fire

Taipei, July 19 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed when a tour bus caught fire in Taiwan on Tuesday.

The victims included 24 Chinese tourists, and a driver and a tour guide from Taiwan, Xinhua news agency quoted Taiwan authorities as saying.

There were no survivors in the bus which bellowed smoke as it crashed into an outer lane barrier on the highway and caught fire.

The tour bus had a record of five traffic violations in six years of service, the authorities said.

A probe into the cause of the accident was underway, traffic police said.

Taiwan’s mainland affairs authority said it would do its utmost to handle issues, including the relatives’ visits.

–IANS

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