Rear door suddenly opened: reports
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 15-year-old high school student died after she fell out of a
bus while it was driving in New Taipei City, reports said Thursday.
The accident comes slightly more than a month after 33 people died when a tour bus overturned on a highway in Taipei City. A preliminary report blamed the high death toll on speeding by the driver, though media reports also alleged driver fatigue.
Around 5 p.m. Thursday, a regular No.1062 bus owned by the Keelung Bus Co. was driving along Daliao Road in the district of Ruifang when the rear door suddenly opened and the girl fell out, reports said. She landed in front of the vehicle’s rear wheels and was crushed to death.
The precise reason for the opening of the door was not clear, though a report in the Chinese-language Apple Daily alleged that several high school girls had been playing around on the bus close to the door. At one point, one of the girls pushed a fellow student who landed against the door, which then opened with tragic consequences. [FULL STORY]