32 die in tour bus crash in Taipei

28 tourists dead in Taiwan bus crash

At least 28 people are dead and 16 more are injured after a tour bus veered off a highway and overturned on the side of a road near Taipei on Monday night. According to the latest figures from the local fire department, forty-four people were in the bus.

Around 40 people were reportedly on board when the bus crashed on a road close to the capital, Taipei.

Numerous victims were elderly tourists, reportedly returning from a trip to see cherry blossoms.

As of 11:45 p.m., 32 people had died in the crash, including two who had been hospitalized, and the other 12 were being treated at nearby hospitals for severe injuries.

It is believed the vehicle flipped off the side of an exit ramp connecting Freeway 5 from Yilan County to Nangang and the southbound lanes of Freeway 3 at around 9 pm.

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Victims were laid out at the scene covered in white cloths, an AFP reporter at the crash site said.

"It happened on a curve, so the bus flipped and that could be due to excess speed", said Tu Bing-cheng, a Taipei city official. Investigators said driver fatigue could not be ruled out, the Apple Daily reported.

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