One Taiwanese killed, nine injured in Shanghai road accident

Taipei, One Taiwanese was killed and nine others injured in an accident Sunday on a street in Shanghai, China, officials and a travel agency in Taiwan have confirmed.

The Taiwanese were part of a 31-member tour group organized by Lion Travel Service, one of the largest travel agencies in Taiwan.

The incident took place Sunday morning, when a car lost control and ran into pedestrians on a busy intersection in the city’s Huangpu District, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau said.

A 45-year-old man was killed in the accident and nine other Taiwanese members of the tour group were injured, the bureau said.

Among the injured, three women were hospitalized with serious head and chest injuries, while the other six people were treated for minor injuries and released, the bureau said.

According to Lion Travel, the group left Taiwan Saturday on an eight-day tour of China.

Meanwhile, China’s East Day news outlet reported that the accident occurred at 9:28 a.m. Sunday, when the car driven by a 31-year old Shanghai resident plowed into pedestrians on the intersection of Xujiahui and Dapu roads in the city.

The man apparently was driving his girlfriend to work when the accident occurred, the report said.

The driver has been arrested by Shanghai police, and authorities are investigating the accident, according to Lion Travel.

The agency expressed regret over the accident, saying it will help families seek legal action against the driver for reckless driving.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) also expressed concern and said Shanghai officials had visited the victims in hospital and was offering any necessary assistance.

According to Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, the tour group was expected to return home on Feb. 9.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel