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Taiwanese student killed in Indian traffic accident

DEADLY TOUR:A group of student volunteers went on a tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur at the end of their program. Their van was hit by a fast car from behind

Staff Writer, with CNA, NEW DELHI

A Taiwanese student volunteer was killed and another was injured when their minivan crashed in the northern Indian city of Palwal, Taiwan’s representative office in India said yesterday.

The dead volunteer was identified as Liu Yao-wei (劉曜瑋), a 24-year-old student from Chinese Culture University in Taipei.

He died at the scene of the crash on Wednesday, the office said in a statement. Tsai Hsiang-ping (蔡湘萍), from Soochow University in Taipei, sustained serious fractures to her left leg, as well as chest injuries. The accident took place on India’s No. 2 national highway, 60km from New Delhi, the statement said.

The statement said Tsai was in stable condition and conscious after she was transferred from a public hospital to the privately run Apollo Hospital in eastern Delhi, according to the statement.

Five other people traveling in the same minivan — a third Taiwanese student, three Chinese students and an Indian driver — sustained minor injures.

The six students were recruited by AIESEC, a global youth organization, to do volunteer work in Pune, the eighth-largest city in India and the second-largest city in the western state of Maharashtra.

After concluding their volunteer program, they went on a pleasure tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

They were at the end of their tour when their minivan was rear-ended by a speeding car and Liu was thrown from the vehicle, a Taiwanese official stationed in India quoted Indian police as saying.

Members of both Liu and Tsai’s families were scheduled to arrive in India later yesterday.

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