Wed, Feb 15, 2017 - Page 1 News List

Nangang crash death toll rises to 33

MOURNING AND QUESTIONS:The daughter of the bus driver, who was killed in the crash, accused his employer of lying about how much rest time he had been given

By Sean Lin, Shelley Shan and Shen Pei-yao  /  Staff reporters

Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said each passenger was covered by a NT$2 million (US$64,792) travel insurance plan and the driver was covered by his employer’s liability insurance with a maximum coverage of NT$2 million.

Relatives of many of the victims went to the accident site to perform religious rituals for the dead. They threw banknotes toward the crash site and chanted prayers.

Other family members, some in tears, gathered at Taipei’s Second Funeral Parlor, where some of the bodies were being stored.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Legislative speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) were among the politicians who visited the parlor to pay their respects and offer condolences to the bereaved families.

Ko said city government agencies are working to determine the travel agency’s accountability and the amount of compensation for the accident would be determined after the investigation has been wrapped up.

Taipei City Government chief consumer protection officer Ho Hsiu-lan (何修蘭) said companies usually pay between NT$2 million and NT$6 million in compensation per family for people killed during a trip.

However, if the investigation finds that the companies involved committed major professional negligence, they could be required to pay three times the normal compensation under the Consumer Protection Act (消費者保護法), she said.

Additional reporting by Chen Wei-han and agencies

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