BREAKING NEWS : Tourists die in Taiwan tour bus blaze

At least 26 people have been killed in a tour bus fire after it crashed into a guardrail on a highway near Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan’s official news agency reported. Of the dead, 24 were tourists from China.

The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. local time on the No. 2 National Freeway that serves the capital Taipei’s airport, CNA reported. The bus was westbound on the highway and headed for the airport.

A tour bus in flames after it struck a railing on a highway in Taipei. (Photo: @XHNews on Twitter)
A tour bus in flames after it struck a railing on a highway in Taipei. (Photo: @XHNews on Twitter)

The Taoyuan City fire department deployed 13 vehicles and 30 firefighters to join the firefighting and rescue operation. After extinguishing the fire, the crew reported finding a number of burned bodies.

The Tourism Bureau confirmed that the group of tourists was from Liaoning Province, China.

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