New Delhi: 26 people died in fire in Taiwan on Tuesday when a tourist bus caught fire after hitting a barrier on the No 2 national highway in Taiyuan county.

An accident which occurred south of Taipei, Taiwan’s national capital, took the lives of 26 people, including the tour guide and the driver, when a tour bus they were riding on hit a barrier and abruptly caught fire.

Before bystanders could rescue the people from the bus, the flame rose menacingly, killing all the 26 people on board. 24 people on board were visitors from Liaoning province in China who were bound to fly back home on Tuesday. The remaining two were the driver and the tour guide.

There has been no official word from the government about what caused the fire. But, looking at other accidents which involve intense incineration, the engine catching fire is suspected to be the main probable cause.

30 fire-fighters were rushed to the scene, but it was already too late.