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China crash injures two journalists

MULTI-CAR PILE-UP When one car in a convoy of Taiwanese and Chinese journalists' vehicles hit a barricade, several others crashed into and behind it

By Joy Su  /  STAFF REPORTER WITH CNA

Two Taiwanese journalists were injured in a car accident in China that hurt a total of eight passengers and left one dead on Thursday night, according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday.

The two Taiwanese journalists, a reporter and a photographer from the cable TV station ERA News, were injured when a car ran into a road barricade, causing the four cars following close behind it to crash.

The accident occurred around 10pm in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, according to the CNA. The accident also injured one Chinese reporter and five other people.

CNA reported last night that all those injured were being treated at a nearby hospital and were in stable condition. ERA reporter Chin Shu-ching (金蜀卿) was diagnosed as suffering from concussion and ERA photographer Ho Wen-han (何文翰) sustained spinal fractures.

"Council Chairman Joseph Wu has already spoken with Chin over the telephone to express his concern about the situation. To the best of our understanding, Ho was hurt more seriously than Chin," MAC Vice Chairman Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) told reporters yesterday at a press conference.

Chiu said his agency and the Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official Chinese organization, had arranged for Ho's family to travel to China via Hong Kong yesterday afternoon.

Chiu said that because there are no China-based Taiwanese businesspeople's associations in the Xinjiang area, the council would seek suitable Taiwanese expatriates to assist Chin and Ho.

The accident occurred during an outing organized by China's Taiwan Affairs Office (國台辦) attended by representatives of 20 media organizations in China and Taiwan. The journalists were traveling from the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian to Xinjiang when the accident occurred. The trip began on June 17 and had been scheduled to end on July 12.

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