Taipei, March 6 (CNA) The driver of a tour bus that crashed into a house Monday in Wanli, New Taipei, had probably suffered a heart attack, but 22 Chinese tourists and one Chinese group leader aboard the bus were not harmed.
The driver, aged around 40 and identified only by his surname Chen, is suspected of having suffered a myocardial infarction when he lost control of his bus and crashed into the house, to the great consternation of two people inside the building at the time.
One of the two people, surnamed Lin, said he was sitting on the sofa watching television with his friend when the bus hit.
They jumped back when the brick wall of the house cracked and the roof collapsed, damaging Lin's car, which was parked outside.
The Chinese group was from Jilin Province, and arrived in Taiwan March 5 for an eight-day tour.
Chen's bus departed from a hotel in New Taipei's Xindian District at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at Yehliu's Geopark at 9 a.m. An hour later, it left the park and the accident occurred when it was heading toward the National Palace Museum.
Firefighters who rushed to the scene found that Chen had no pulse and was not breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where efforts to resuscitate him failed.
An emergency ward physician said Chen showed no apparent injuries and that his death was probably caused by myocardial infarction, but added that the exact cause of death will not be clear until an autopsy has been carried out.
Police said that the bus was seriously damaged by impact, and that they took out the vehicle recorder and were examining nearby surveillance cameras to help determine the cause of the accident.
Three of the Chinese tourists suffered scratches but refused medical treatment. They resumed their itinerary after another tour bus was arranged for them.
(By Wang Shu-fen, Wang Chao-yu and Lilian Wu)