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3 Taiwanese killed in China tour bus crash

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Three Taiwanese were killed and 11 were injured yesterday when the tour bus they were in turned over in China's Hunan province.

According to the Tourism Bureau, the group of 14 Taiwanese was on its way to the tourist hot spot of Zhangjiajie in Hunan when the accident occurred.

The bureau said that the tour bus, carrying 13 clients of Lion Travel (雄獅旅行社) and one tour manager, turned over on a freeway heading into Zhangjiajie when it swerved to avoid a car accident a short distance down the road.

According to the bureau, two tourists and the tour manager — all women — died at the scene, while 11 tourists suffered from minor injuries and were transferred to the First People's Hospital of Changde and the Second People's Hospital of Changde.

Andy Yu (游國珍), the associate general manager of Lion Travel, said that heavy rain was also a major factor in the accident.

“Lion Travel is very sorry for the accident and two directors of the travel agency will accompany the family members of the tourists who passed away in the accident to Hunan,” said Yu.

“Lion Travel took out an accidental death insurance policy that is worth NT$2 million and a medical insurance policy that is worth NT$30,000 for each member of the tour group,” he said.

Yu said that the group left Taiwan on April 28 for an eight-day trip to visit famous tourist spots. The accident took place as the group was on its way from Changsha (長沙), the capital city of Hunan, to Zhangjiajie.

According to the Tourism Bureau, there are currently no direct flights between Taiwan and Zhangjiajie. Therefore, those wanting to visit the famous tourist spot have to take a flight to Changsha and then travel to Zhangijie by bus or train.

Zhangjiajie, a part of the Wulinyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (武陵源自然風景區), became the first national forest park in China when it was founded in 1982. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1992.

April 30, 2013    iiiphyzzixiii@
This company should be heavily sued and fined, many people whose family is effected by the deaths, should be well compensated more then what is being given, No tour company should put there customers in danger of torrential rains, or an ignorant driver. They should have paid for them to take the train that night. My GF’s Aunt died and others were injured. SHAME on that company, my prayers and thoughts go out to all who lost their lives or were injured.
May 1, 2013    iiiphyzzixiii@
What the news fails to tell you is there was already a wreck on that road, and the driver was driving too fast and couldn’t see the wreck pulled right up to it going fast and slammed on the break turning the wheel and the bus slid over and off a 5- 10 meter cliff. This is entirely due to the driver of the tour bus and the company should take full responsibility and compensate 20xs more then what they are lives were lost many on the bus were relatives. Lion Travel is pulling a weak card in compensating them. They should change there name to don’t know how to drive in torrential rains travel.
May 5, 2013    grryk@
iiiphyzzixiii@ wrote:
What the news fails to tell you is there was already a wreck on that road, and the driver was driving too fast and couldn’t see the wreck pulled right up to it going fast and slammed on the break turning the wheel and the bus slid over and off a 5- 10 meter cliff. This is entirely due to the driver of the tour bus and the company should take full responsibility and compensate 20xs more then what they are lives were lost many on the bus were relatives. Lion Travel is pulling a weak card in compensating them. They should change there name to don’t know how to drive in torrential rains travel.
Sadly the same thing for the same reasons happen here to both Mainland China and Taiwanese tourists.
May 7, 2013    iiiphyzzixiii@
It's very sad. Yes things like this happen too often all over the world and sadly the companies are only thinking about that quick buck and tight schedule, rather than what is most important (human life). Lion travel should forward their travels in bad weather conditions to take the train instead in the future, since those are basically the only two ways to get to where the destination was. But may the parted rest now and the wounded heal, they would want everyone to smile and not shed tears.
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This undated file photo shows Zhangjiajie, the first national forest park founded in China. A tour bus carrying 13 clients of Lion Travel (雄獅旅行社) and one tour manager turned over ...

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