Tragedy as 32 tourists die in Taiwan

At Least 32 Killed As A Tour Bus Crashes In Taiwan

Rescuers gather around a crashed bus in Taipei Taiwan

At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus flipped over on a highway in Taiwan on Monday night.

Rescuers moved quickly to remove people from the bus, but they found many without any vital signs.

Taiwan News cited a preliminary investigation by highway police as saying that the group was on its way back to Taipei follow a trip to the Wuling Farm to view the cherry blossom.

The crash at 9 p.m.in New Taipei City "happened on a curve, so the bus flipped and that could be due to excess speed", according to a Taipei official.

The national fire agency said 32 people had been killed, with 13 still being treated in hospital, majority with serious injuries. Among the victims, 30 people died at the scene while two died in the hospital.

Investigators said the driver of that bus intentionally set fire to it in a suicide bid before it careered into a crash barrier. He said "the whole frame of the bus changed shape".

Twenty ambulances and 200 firefighters were sent to the scene.

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