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Chinese tourists killed in a road accident in Taiwan

Chinese tourists killed in a road accident in TaiwanA tour bus burst into flames on a highway near Taiwan's capital on Tuesday. It was carrying visitors from China.

The bus smashed into a roadside barrier on a national highway and caught fire, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

The accident took place on the No. 2 national highway in Taoyuan county, south of Taipei. The group of Chinese tourists was going to Taoyuan Airport to catch a flight back to Dalian.

Officials said there were 24 tourists on board plus a local guide and driver.

"The fire moved very fast. All 26 died." Lu Jui-yao, an official with the National Highway Police Bureau told.

Pictures from the scene showed thick black smoke and flames engulfing the bus. Both of the bus's doors were pressed up against the highway's guard rail, making them impossible to open.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Taiwan authorities are still investigating.

Taiwanese cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan said tourism government officials had reached out to their mainland counterparts and would arrange for relatives of the victims to come to Taiwan.

The accident was the deadliest involving Chinese visitors to Taiwan since the island opened up to Chinese tourism in 2008, according to Taiwanese government records and reports of previous incidents.
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