6 killed, 11 injured in highway bus crash (update)

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6 killed, 11 injured in highway bus crash (update)

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) A coach belonging to Aloha Bus Co., Ltd. crashed late Monday after hitting a guardrail near Gangshan Interchange, Kaohsiung, on National Freeway No. 1, resulting in six fatalities. A further 11 passengers were injured, including the driver, according to highway police.

The bus was seriously damaged in the accident and police have launched an investigation into whether the incident was caused by speeding.

Seaman Chen Yu-wen (陳裕文) from the Navy's 168 Fleet, was killed in the accident as he headed back to Zuoying naval base, according to Navy Fleet Command.

The driver Wu Shieh-sung (吳協松), who suffered lacerations to his head and feet, was questioned by police and prosecutors Tuesday morning.

In addition, Aloha Bus said in a statement issued Tuesday that it takes full responsibility for the accident and will make an initial payment of NT$100,000 (US$3,400) to the families of the deceased and NT$2,000 to the injured.

The company said it formed a task force to handle the aftermath of the crash, which ensured the injured were treated in hospital and contacted the families of the deceased.

Aloha Bus said it would cover all medical expenses for those injured and help families file death compensation claims.

The driver of the Taipei-bound bus had just returned to work after a 19-hours break, it added.

According to data from the Directorate General of Highways, the Aloha bus is six years old and was scheduled for a regular inspection on Sept. 26.

Meanwhile, the driver's commercial driving license is valid until March 17, 2022 and he has no prior major traffic violations on his record, data showed.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)

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