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Taiwan coach fire may due to electric short-circuit
   2016-07-21 11:04:44    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

Preliminary investigation shows that an electric short-circuit on a switchboard may be the root cause of the Taiwan coach fire on July 19, China Times reports.

The investigators added that failing to unlock the safety door of the coach is cause for the heavy casualties.

An autopsy of the coach driver shows that he died quickly of burning and shock. But it is still unknown why exactly he took no action to extinguish the fire.

Experts speculate that worn-out wires and overuse of appliances on the coach may be related to the short-circuit.

Further investigation is still underway to see whether there are other causes of the short-circuit.

The fire occurred on a main road in Taiwan on July 19, leaving all 26 people on board dead. 24 of the tourists are from the Chinese mainland.

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