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Rock slide hits tour bus in Taroko, injures South Korean tourist

2019/04/20 20:26:08

Photo courtesy of the Xincheng Precinct of the Hualien County Police Department

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) A tour bus carrying more than a dozen passengers was hit by a rock slide on the mountain roads of Taroko National Park in Hualien County on Saturday, injuring a South Korean tourist.

The incident occurred near the scenic Jiuqudong Trail (Tunnel of Nine Turns) at around 2 p.m., when a rock roughly 50 centimeters in diameter fell through the roof of the bus and landed on the right foot of a female passenger.

The bus was carrying 14 tourists from South Korea at the time.

The victim was treated at a local hospital in Hualien, the Xincheng Precinct of the Hualien County Police Department said.

No other injuries were reported, it said, adding that the road has since been cleared for safety.

The incident took place just two days after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the eastern Taiwan county.

According to the county government on Friday, the temblor did not cause any major disasters in the area despite its strength, and the park's scenic roads have all been cleared and declared safe to travel on.

(By Tyson Lu and Ko Lin)