Tour bus carrying Chinese catches fire in Taiwan

China | 27 Mar 2018 6:44 pm

A tour bus carrying 20 tourists from Shanghai caught fire in northern Taiwan's Miaoli County.

The 54-year old driver, surnamed Tseng, said that a tire at the back was damaged as he was driving past Miaoli on National Freeway No 1. The damage to the tire had resulted in flames and smoke.

He quickly exited the freeway at a nearby interchange and parked the bus to let all the passengers out before putting out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

According to one of the tourists, they arrived in Taiwan a day earlier and were scheduled to be visiting Sun Moon Lake and Qingjing Farm in central Taiwan's Nantou County, the Central News Agency reports.

This is not the first time that Chinese tourists have been involved in a tour bus accident in Taiwan.

In July 2016, a tour bus carrying 24 Chinese tourists caught fire resulting in the deaths of all those aboard.

In February 2017, 22 people, mostly Chinese tourists, were injured when their tour bus hit an overpass in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

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