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15 injured in freeway bus crash

Accident causes traffic jam in Chiayi County

15 injured in freeway bus crash

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least 15 people were injured and nine vehicles were damaged in a crash which involved a bus on a freeway in Chiayi County, reports said Saturday.

There were no immediate reports of life-threatening injuries.

Around 1:10 p.m., a bus of the Ubus Co. traveling north on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway near the city of Dalin failed to brake on time ahead of a line of cars merging to the right due to road works ahead, reports said. The bus, on its way from Tainan to Taichung, crashed into the other vehicles before skidding to a stop against the freeway’s central divider with its front ripped apart.

As about a dozen ambulances rushed to the scene, it became clear that nobody was in mortal danger, with some of those lightly injured even insisting they should not be taken to hospital, reports said.

The accident did cause serious problems for other traffic on the freeway, causing a traffic jam back to Minxiong, according to the authorities.

Witnesses compared the scene of the accident to a bowling alley, with wreckage strewn about across the freeway.

Updated : 2022-05-21 18:29 GMT+08:00