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Passengers injured in tour bus crash on Alishan Highway

2012/12/10 11:56:13

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) A tour bus carrying tourists from Singapore and Malaysia crashed into a wall along the scenic Alishan Highway in Chiayi County in southern Taiwan on Monday, causing some serious injuries but no fatalities, according to local police.

In addition to the driver, there were 14 Singaporean and Malaysian tourists and a tour guide on board, some of whom were seriously injured, police said.

The accident occurred at the 39.5 km mark along the Alishan Highway, officially known as Provincial Highway No. 18, which leads to Alishan, a popular tourism mountain site, police said.

The bus hit the retaining wall but did not go over the cliff, the police said, adding that the cause of the accident was not clear.

No one was killed or sustained life-threatening injuries n the accident but rescue operations were still in progress as of press time, according to police.

The accident followed a tour bus crash in Smangus Village in the northern county of Hsinchu on Sunday that left 13 passengers dead and 10 others injured.

(By Huang Kuo-fang, Chiang Chun-laing and Sofia Wu)
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