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Taiwanese Bus Rolls Backwards Off Cliff, Killing 13 Passengers and Injuring 10

TAIWAN - Thirteen people died and 10 were injured yesterday when a bus with 23 people onboard traveling to Hsinchu County's Qalang Smangus [a native village] rolled off a cliff and tumbled over 100 meters.

According to the Hsinchu County Fire Bureau, after the accident at around 3 p.m. some injured passengers were able to climb back onto the road and call 119 for help.

The bureau dispatched 16 fire trucks to retrieve the victims, while the Atayal tribe from Qalang Smangus also came to assist in the rescue efforts.

Reports said that the bus's engine stalled without warning on an uphill section of Hsinchu Route 60, leading the vehicle to slip backwards and off the road.

Police said the bus may have moved closer to the edge of the road and stopped to allow another vehicle to pass when its engine stalled.One victim said, "I heard the engine turn silent before (the bus) went over and all

Added: Dec-10-2012 Occurred On: Dec-9-2012
By: sakb
Regional News, WTF
Tags: taiwan, accident, bus, crash, passengers, injured, cliff, mountain,
Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan (load item map)
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