Three female tourists from Taiwan were killed and one seriously injured after a bus overturned and plunged off a 10-meter high cliff in central China’s Hunan Province Monday, local authorities said.
The accident took place at about 11:00 when a bus carrying 16 people — including a local driver, a tour guide, six Taiwanese tourists and eight Chinese-American tourists tumbled onto its side on an expressway in Hanshou County, Changde.
Among the 11 injured victims was a Taiwanese man named Chang Chung-ming traveling with his wife. After the accident, the two were sent to the Second People’s Hospital of Changde for medical treatment. Currently, both patients are in stable condition.
Chang said that his injury was just a minor wound, but his wife needed a dozen stitches as well as treatment for an eye injury.
All of the medical bills have been covered by the hospitals where victims are located. Chang said he and his wife will return to Taiwan in one or two days if their recovery goes smoothly.
The Second People’s Hospital of Changde has treated eight victims from the accident, with most of them having incurred soft tissue injuries and skin lacerations.
Two of the victims also suffered bone-related injuries during the incident.
“There are only two victims with bone injuries. One of them was pierced by a glass fragment in the ankle, and she underwent a successful surgery yesterday. The other was not seriously injured, and his condition is just fine,” said Zhu Xiangyu, a staff member of the Changde Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.
Medical experts from the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University gave further consultations regarding the victims’ conditions Tuesday morning, confirming that only one victim had been seriously injured.
“The victim in serious condition is suffering from chest trauma, soft tissue contusions on the skin and four broken ribs. None of them have incurred a hemopneumothorax as of now. Their conditions are stable without any immediate threats,” said Liu Jianxin, chief thoracic surgery physician at the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University.
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