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Two Chinese tourists die in crane accident in Taipei

Two Chinese tourists die in crane accident in Taipei

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) A section of a crane's boom fell 37 stories onto a moving tour bus carrying a group of Chinese tourists in Taipei Friday, leaving two passengers dead, another in critical condition, and two others injured, according to the city's fire department.
One passenger, 46-year-old Li Fuqing, was cut in half and killed immediately when the boom smashed through the back of the bus as it was heading toward Taipei 101 in Taipei's upscale Xinyi shopping district.
Another tourist, 57-year-old Wang Bingkun, died after being taken to the Zhongxiao branch of Taipei Municipal Hospital. Zhang Shiguang, 63, suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) before arriving at Taipei Medical University and is in critical condition.
The bus was carrying a total of 27 people at the time, including 25 Chinese tourists, and a Taiwanese tour guide and driver.
Police cordoned off the area where the accident occurred, and Taipei prosecutors are on the scene to investigate.
A preliminary investigation found that a small crane was operating a mid-sized boom on the 37th floor of the construction site when the boom broke off and fell to the street below.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin immediately ordered the construction company to halt work at the site.
The tour group, from Guangdong, China, arrived in Taiwan via Hong Kong April 20 for a six-day sightseeing trip. They were scheduled to return home Saturday, according to the Tourism Bureau.
The tourists were on their way to Taipei 101 for a visit when the accident occurred, according to the Taipei travel agency that is hosting the tour group.
(By Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-10-22 20:38 GMT+08:00