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26 people died after a tour bus caught fire

At least 26 people have died after a tour Bus Caught Fire in Taiwan's Taoyuan city, according to local officials.

The bus smashed into a roadside barrier on a National Highway and Caught Fire, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

A handout photo released by the Taoyuan City Fire Department shows a tourist coach near the Taoyuan International Airport outside Taipei, Taiwan, 19 July 2016.

It had been bringing the group of Chinese tourists to Taoyuan Airport to catch a flight back to Dalian.

Officials said there were 24 tourists on board plus a local guide and driver.

"The fire moved very fast. All 26 died," Lu Jui-yao, an official with the National Highway Police Bureau told Reuters.
Pictures from the scene showed thick black smoke and flames engulfing the bus.

The cause of the crash, shortly before 13:00 (05:00 GMT), was not immediately known. Taiwan authorities are still investigating.

Taiwanese cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan said tourism government officials had reached out to their mainland counterparts and would arrange for relatives of the victims to come to Taiwan.

BBC News.


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