Bus Accident on Freeway No. 5 Prompts City Response
In response to the fatal traffic accident involving a tour bus overturning at the exit ramp connecting to Freeway No. 5 on February 13, the city government established a second-level Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at 10 PM to coordinate rescue effort.The incident caused at least 33 deaths and 12 injuries.Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the EOC, Wanfang Hospital, Taipei Medical University Hospital, and Taipei City Mortuary Services Office Second Funeral Parlor to learn about the overall situation. Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji arrived at the scene to take charge of rescue operations. Answering media questions about the city government’s response, Ko remarked that the Taipei established a cross-agency communication system through phone and LINE app immediately following the incident. Injured passengers were taken to six hospitals, while the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) dispatched staff to the hospitals to provide assistance. In addition, the Second Funeral Parlor will set up an emergency center for forensic autopsy and investigation-related work. Regarding the issue of passenger identity, the mayor stressed that the priority is to rescue survivors, ensuring that the wounded are properly treated and the deceased taken good care of. Non-emergency issues will be addressed at a later time. DSW Commissioner Hsu Li-min noted that those injured in the incident will receive NT$5,000 each in emergency allowances from the city government, while the family of the fatalities will receive NT$20,000.