24 of those on board had been scheduled to fly home on Tuesday afternoon.The bus apparently burst into flame after spinning out of control and smashing into the highway’s guard rail but the exact cause of the accident was not known. Thirteen firefighting vehicles and 30 firefighters were sent to the scene but the fire spread too rapidly. Taiwan is a popular destination for mainland tourists. This was the deadliest incident involving Chinese tourism to the island. “There was not enough time for them to escape,” Taoyuan fire chief Lai Chi-chong said to the media. The bus’s doors were pressed up against the highway’s guard rail, making them impossible to open. Many of the bodies were badly charred. The drivers of other vehicles pulled over and attempted to put out the flames with fire extinguishers.