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Four killed in Kaohsiung traffic accident: police

2017/11/19 17:23:32

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) A fatal rear-end collision on the Kaohsiung section of the No. 3 Freeway on Sunday killed four people, the police confirmed, indicating that it is believed the following driver failed to keep a safe distance.

According to the police, a tour bus ran into the back of a car at the 382.6 kilometer mark on the southbound lane of the Freeway at 8:40 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters and paramedics were immediately sent to assist the people trapped in the nearly destroyed vehicle rear-ended by the bus.

However, medical personnel found the three passengers in the vehicle with no life signs and were unable to resuscitate them at the scene, after which they were transported to E-da Hospital. The driver, who was rushed to Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, later died of her injuries, the police said.

The vehicle was driven by a 71-year-old grandmother surnamed Chen (陳) who lived in Taichung and was driving her son, 45, five-year-old grandson, and a friend surnamed Liao (廖), 69, to a temple in Kaohsiung to pray, according to the police.

The police said the driver of the tour bus surnamed Fan (范) was tested for alcohol and was found to have not been drinking.

Fan and his 15 passengers did not sustain any injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by prosecutors.

(By Chen Chao-fu, Cheng Chi-feng, and Shih Hsiu-chuan)