Youngest victim in fatal bus crash remembered as ‘attentive,’ ‘bright’

Taipei, 21-year-old student known for her attentiveness and willingness to help others was among the six people who died in a tour bus crash on Tuesday and her school has begun counselling for her classmates, who are distraught over her death.

The student, Lu Shu-chen (???), was the youngest victim of the crash. She had taken a few days off school to accompany her parents on a trip to Hualien County, but on the return journey, their tour bus crashed into an embankment on the Suhua Highway connecting Yilan and Hualien counties.

Six passengers died in the accident and nine were seriously injured, while 30 other people suffered lesser injuries.

Lu was a junior at the China University of Technology in Taipei. According to her homeroom teacher, Lee Yu-feng (???), Lu was smart, attentive and always willing to lend a helping hand to her fellow classmates.

Lu's class had only 11 students and they were very tight-knit, Lee said. When Lee went to class to teach on Wednesday, many of Lu's classmates were crying.

Lee said she also began crying during her lesson, as she couldn't help but think about Lu.

According to the university's chief secretary Wang Huaitien (the school has begun group and individual counselling for Lu's classmates and are helping to organize a memorial for her.

The school will present Lu with a posthumous graduation certificate at her funeral, Wang added.

The five others who died in the accident are Shen Yu-ming ), who was 78 years old; Hua Pao-hsing, 63; Wen Chun-hsiang ( 60; Tsai Chin-tao , 63; and Chen Mei-yueh 61.

Hua and Wen were a couple and the two had operated a hotpot restaurant in New Taipei for over 30 years. They leave behind two sons.

The couple were very friendly to others in the community and had traveled often recently, according to a friend.

Police and prosecutors are still looking into the cause of the accident. Over the past two days, they have finished questioning those relevant to the case and have towed the crashed tour bus to the Suao police precinct.

Officials from the Transportation Safety Board under the Executive Yuan and the Directorate General of Highways have also visited the sight of the accident and inspected the tour bus.

Tung Liang-tsao a chief prosecutor at the Yilan District Prosecutors Office, told reporters late Wednesday that they would not be answering any questions while the investigation was still underway.

According to Chen Tsung-teng the head of the company that operated the tour bus, the bus had been bought two years ago and had been regularly maintained.

The driver of the bus, surnamed Yu has been working for the company for a long time and has a clean record, Chen said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel