32 killed in Taiwan tour bus accident

At least 32 people have been killed and 12 wounded when a tour bus flipped over on a highway near Taiwan's capital, Taipei, according to officials.

"The passengers are all Taiwanese and mostly older people", said Chen Chih-min from Taipei City fire department, which confirmed the crashed vehicle was a sightseeing tour bus. Local television showed a video of the bus shot from behind flipping onto its side and skidding towards the hillside after it hit a road barrier when negotiating a highway interchange curve.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Thirty people were pronounced dead at the scene while two others died in hospital.

Many passengers were trapped under the crushed bus, and rescue personnel used a crane to pry the vehicle open.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reports that it is believed that 44 people including the driver were inside the bus when it flipped over.

There were no tourists from the Chinese mainland or foreign countries on the bus, local police said.

The crash is the latest accident involving tour buses in Taiwan. Investigators said driver fatigue could not be ruled out, the Apple Daily reported.

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