Capital Bus Co would compensate or offer settlements to victims of an accident that occurred in the Hsuehshan Tunnel on Monday, company general manager Lee Chien-wen (李建文) said yesterday.
The company would also cooperate with police in their investigation into the cause of the accident and take responsibility for any criminal liability involved, Lee said.
The company’s bus collided with a car on Monday in the 12.9km tunnel connecting Taipei City and Yilan County, triggering a serious fire that claimed two lives and left more than 30 people injured, including 22 that were hospitalized.
The accident occurred after a truck in the slow lane of the two-lane southbound tunnel blew a tire and slowed suddenly. Two cars and a Kamalan Bus Inc bus tried to swerve into the fast lane to avoid hitting the truck. The car behind the Kamalan bus also slowed and was rear-ended by a bus owned by Capital Bus.
Surveillance footage of the accident showed that the bus did not slow down before ramming into the small car, which triggered a fire that killed the two people in the car.
Lee, who earlier yesterday visited the seven injured victims who remain hospitalized in Saint Mary’s Hospital in Luodong Township (羅東), Yilan County, and National Yang-Ming University Hospital in Yilan City, said Capital Bus would improve emergency drills for drivers and ensure that road safety regulations are met.