Taiwan bus fire: ‘At least 26 tourists dead’

Taiwan Bus Fire

Taiwan Bus Fire

At least 26 people are dead after a tourist bus smashed into a motorway guardrail in Taiwan and exploded into flames, it is reported.

The vehicle was travelling along an airport expressway in the island’s Taoyuan region when it crashed into the railing and caught fire .

Everyone onboard died, including at least 24 holidaymakers, the driver and the tour guide, according to Chinese media and officials.

Dramatic photos of the scene show the bus parked at the side of the expressway, surrounded by raging flames and thick black smoke.

Several men can be seen desperately trying to extinguish the blaze with small extinguishers as they wait for firefighters to arrive.

The cause of the smash is currently unclear.

The tourists who died were on an eight-day tour organised by a travel agency in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning, officials said.

The bus was travelling to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at around 1pm local time (6am UK time) when it crashed, it is reported.