A tour bus carrying 40 passengers on Sunday hit the rear of an empty coach in Lantan Tunnel, Chiayi County on Freeway No. 3, injuring 31 passengers, Chiayi police said.
The accident occurred when the bus carrying 40 volunteers from a temple in Taichung was traveling to Zengwun Reservoir on the border between Chiayi and Tainan, according to the police investigation.
The southbound tour bus slammed into the vehicle in front of it before stopping at a traffic island on the left shoulder inside the tunnel, with the front of the bus severely damaged, according to police.
The driver of the empty tour bus said that he had just finished work and was preparing to go home when the accident happened, otherwise the incident could have been much worse.
The accident resulted in injuries to 31 passengers, including 13 men and 18 women. A 61-year-old woman was trapped on the bus and suffered severe injuries but her situation was not life-threatening, according to police.
After the incident, 25 personnel from the Chiayi City and County fire departments were dispatched to the site to assist and rescue the injured.
The accident also caused traffic congestion on the southbound section of the highway, police said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel