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1 dies in bus collision in Hsuehshan Tunnel

2012/05/07 16:01:43

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A burned body was found on a passenger bus that caught fire Monday after being hit by another bus from behind in the Hsuehshan Tunnel that links New Taipei to Yilan in northeastern Taiwan, police said.

The gender and identity of the dead body have yet to be determined,

police said.

A number of other people suffering from smoke inhalation have been rushed to hospitals, police said.

The incident took place at 1:27 p.m. at the 26 km mark on the southward tube of the tunnel, according to police.

New Taipei and Yilan firefighting departments said they immediately sent SWAT teams to carry out a search and rescue mission.

The tunnel has been closed to traffic to facilitate rescue work, police said.

The 12.9-km Hsuehshan Tunnel was opened to the public in June 2006. Considered a marvel of civil engineering and human perseverance, the tunnel took 15 years to complete.

(By Sunrise Huang and Sofia Wu)
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