Two traffic accidents involving tour buses on Taiwan’s National Freeway 1 resulted in three fatalities, and left at least 22 injured after separate incidents in Taoyuan City, and Changhua County, yesterday, June 10.
In Taoyuan County, at the 51.4 kilometer mark southbound, a bus belonging to the Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport company crashed into the back of a flatbed semi-trailer at around 2:45pm.
The driver of the bus lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was declared dead after arrival at the hospital. Eight out of 12 passengers of the bus suffered non-serious injuries and were taken to hospital.
The accident caused three lanes of the freeway to be blocked, causing a traffic jam that extended back to the Linkou Interchange.
Tour Bus Crashes through Guardrail and Rolls over in Changhua County
At around 10:00pm, Monday, June 10, a bus belonging to the Aloha Transport company crashed through a guardrail on National Freeway 1 in Changhua County, rolled down a slope, and flipped on its side, ending up on a road running parallel to the freeway.
Two passengers were found without vital signs, and the driver, along with 14 passengers were taken to hospital with various degrees of injury from light to serious.
Witnesses who were traveling behind the bus said that the vehicle began to sway from side to side before crashing through the guardrail.
According to statements by the bus driver, a 33-year-old man named Guo, he had tried to avoid hitting objects on the road, and tried to swerve around them. But Guo’s testimony was deemed to be vague, and fatigue has not been ruled out as factor in the accident.
September 17, 2017, six passengers were killed, and 11 injured, when an Aloha Transport company bus crashed on the freeway in Kaohsiung City. The driver was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence after being found guilty of professional negligence causing death.
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