4 Singapore PRs hurt in Taiwan bus crash

UPDATE 12 Dec 12, 5:30pm: Adding comments from travel agency clarifying that the tourists from Singapore are permanent residents.

Four Singapore permanent residents and 10 Malaysian tourists were injured in Taiwan on Monday when their bus crashed along a highway.

Carrying a local driver and a tour guide as well, the tour bus hit a retaining wall along Alishan Highway in Chiayi County on Monday, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

Travel agency LAI Travel told Yahoo! Singapore that the Singaporean PRs – a couple and their children – are “basically okay”.

“They will return to Singapore tomorrow, following their original travel schedule,” said  a spokesperson from the travel agency.

Some of the passengers onboard were seriously injured but there were no fatalities. All of the people onboard except the driver, who suffered minor injuries, were sent to two hospitals, the Chia-Yi Christian Hospital and the St. Martin De Porres Hospital hospital for treatment.

The driver of the bus was quoted by the news agency as saying that the brakes failed when he tried to stop to avoid colliding into a small car coming out of an intersection.

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