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Twenty-six people killed after bus carrying tourists explodes in Taiwan

28 July 2016

On July 19, a coach travelling to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport crashed into a roadside barrier and exploded, killing everyone on board. The coach was carrying 24 tourists on an eight-day tour organised by a travel agency in China's northeastern province of Liaoning, authorities said in a statement. The driver and the tour guide, both from Taiwan, also died. 

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Prosecutors from the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office found shards of bottle glass in the wreckage and concluded that there were five bottles filled with gasoline inside the bus, even though it ran on diesel.

Other bus drivers told that the gasoline was used to scrape off gum from the bus seats and marks on the walls. However, they thought five bottles was excessive for that purpose.

Investigators found that the bus ran for a kilometre and a half after the initial explosion, which enveloped the bus in flames. One of the bus doors was jammed and bodies were found at the emergency exit, which signified that passengers tried to escape while the bus was ablaze.

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