24 injured in Yangmingshan bus crash (Taiwan News)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) At least 24 passengers were injured when a regular bus overturned in the mountainous Yangmingshan area of Taipei City, reports said Saturday.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

A regular No.108 park area bus overturned near the popular tourist destination of the Lengshuikeng springs, literally “Cold Water Pit,” after 2 p.m. Saturday, reports said. Media footage showed a green bus lying on its side in the middle of the road with its rear doors open.

The vehicle had been carrying up to 33 passengers, with 24 reported injured and transferred to at least three hospitals in the area, reports said. Two of the injured were citizens of Singapore and two were from the Philippines.

Initial reports had indicated that the bus might have driven into a ravine, but the pictures contradicted the reports. There was also no evidence of rain having played any part in the accident.

The bus company which operates the route said the vehicle had been bought only two years ago and was in a perfect state.

Later media reports speculated that the driver had taken a bend in the road too rapidly.

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