At least 26 people have died after a tour bus caught fire in Taiwan’s Taoyuan city, say officials quoted in the local media, according to reports. The bus smashed into a roadside barrier on a national highway and caught fire, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA).
It had been bringing the group of Chinese tourists to Taoyuan Airport to catch a flight back to Dalian. Officials said there were 24 tourists on board plus a local guide and driver. Pictures from the scene showed thick black smoke and flames engulfing the bus.
The cause of the crash, shortly before 13:00 (05:00 GMT), was not immediately known. The total number of dead and injured is still being compiled, Taoyuan fire department official Zeng Hao told the Associated Press news agency.