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Capital Bus to compensate victims in Hsuehshan Tunnel accident

2012/05/09 16:59:57

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Capital Bus Co. Ltd. will compensate or offer settlements to victims of an accident that occurred in the Hsuehshan Tunnel Monday, the company's general manager Lee Chien-wen said on Wednesday.

The company will also cooperate with police in their investigation into the cause of the accident and take responsibility for any criminal liability involved, Lee said.

The company's bus collided with a car Monday in the 12.9-kilometer-long tunnel connecting Taipei City and Yilan County, triggering a serious fire that claimed two lives and left more than 30 people injured, including 22 that were hospitalized.

The accident occurred after a truck in the slow lane of the two-lane southbound tunnel blew a tire and slowed suddenly. Two cars and a Kamalan Bus Inc. bus tried to swerve into the fast lane to avoid hitting the truck.

The car behind the Kamalan bus also slowed and was rear-ended by a bus owned by Capital Bus. Surveillance video of the accident showed that the bus did not slow down before ramming into the small car, which triggered a fire that killed the two people in the car.

Lee said following the accident that Capital Bus will improve emergency drills for drivers and ensure road safety regulations are met.

Earlier Wednesday, he visited the seven injured victims who remain hospitalized in Saint Mary's Hospital in Luodong and National Yang-Ming University Hospital in Yilan City.

He thanked medical staff for their hard work and asked them to give the victims the best care possible.

(By Worthy Shen and C.J. Lin)