Six Taiwanese injured in tour bus accident in China


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Six members of a Taiwanese tourist group were injured in western China’s Xinjiang region on Thursday when their tour bus ran off the road, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau said that day.

The bus was carrying 19 people and traveling near the town of Qiaku’ertu when the accident occurred at 4:48 p.m., according to the bureau.

The six injured passengers, aged between 57 and 69 years old, were taken to local hospitals for treatment for their injuries which included broken bones, concussion and bruises, but are reportedly not life-threatening.

Three of the passengers were still being treated in hospital as of Thursday night. Another two will return to Taiwan for treatment on Friday and another plans to rejoin the tour group, according to Life Tour, the travel agency which organized the tour.

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), deputy head and spokesman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said officials had contacted the Chinese side and will arrange for families of the injured to visit China.