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35 injured in coach crash during return from Taiwan protest march

DPP chair woman, Tsai Ing-wen visits the supporters who were injured on their way home from Saturday's rally.

DPP chair woman, Tsai Ing-wen visits the supporters who were injured on their way home from Saturday's rally.

Thirty-five passengers returning to Kaohsiung County from the "oppose toxic products, protect Taiwan" protest rally were injured when four southbound coaches carrying them collided late Saturday.
According to the Kaohsiung County headquarters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which co-organized the rally, most people were asleep when the crash took place and suffered minor abrasions and contusions.
They returned home after receiving treatment.
Two people remain hospitalized and were visited Sunday by the party's chairwoman, Tsai Ing-wen.
The Kaohsiung County headquarters quoted witnesses and coach drivers as saying that the accident was caused by a lack of clear signs warning that the No. 1 Sun Yat-Sen Freeway would narrow from three lanes to one due to ongoing construction in the roadway's Sinying section, leaving drivers without enough time to react.
The police said, however, that the drivers were partially to blame for the crash for not keeping an appropriate distance between the vehicles.
Party headquarters chief Chen Chi-yu, who is also a DPP lawmaker, said he would inquire into the negligence of the National Freeway Bureau on behalf of the injured passengers and assist them with follow-up procedures such as gaining insurance compensation.
During her visit with the patients, Tsai expressed her sadness over the incident but also noted that she was glad the injured supporters received prompt medical attention.
She said that accidents are sometimes unavoidable in large-scale social movements, but that the crisis management of local party offices was efficient.
She added that the incident should not affect the holding of future events.


Updated : 2021-03-04 05:49 GMT+08:00