Bus involved in fatal accident was traveling 30kph over speed limit

Both drivers involved in a collision were at fault, according to an investigation into an accident on Taiwan’s east coast that left one dead and four injured Saturday, April 8.

According to the police investigation, at around 7:40 am, Saturday, the driver of an SUV executed an illegal left turn over double-yellow lines at the entrance to a camping area on Highway 11 in Fengbin Township, Hualien County. A bus slammed into the SUV before careering off the road and landing precariously straddled across a ravine below a bridge.

Two of passengers travelling on the bus at the time of the accident fell through broken windows into the 10-meter-deep ravine. One of the passengers who was thrown from the bus, a 55-year-old woman, named Huang, lost vital signs at the scene of the accident and was later declared dead at the hospital. The other person thrown from the bus, two other passengers, and the driver, sustained injuries and required hospital treatment.

According to the police report, the bus was traveling 30 kilometers per hour over the speed limit at the time of the accident, and both drivers violated traffic regulations.

The Taipei Supervision Office of the Directorate General of Highways stated that it will fine the Hualien Transportation Bus Company NT$90,000 and suspend the license plate of the vehicle involved in the accident for three months. The driver of the bus will be fined by police for exceeding the speed limit.

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