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Taxi crash claims all 5 on board

ALL five people in a taxi that was involved in a collision with a bus on Tuesday have died after the two surviving passengers died later in hospital, government officials announced yesterday.

The victims were four middle-aged South Korean women and the cabbie, in his 50s, driving for Dazhong Taxi Co, Shanghai's biggest cab company, according to city government officials and taxi management.

Shanghai government spokesman Chen Qiwei said yesterday that the two Korean victims, who had been reported in critical condition, died late Tuesday evening and yesterday morning in Minhang District Central Hospital despite exhaustive efforts.

All four South Korean women were living in Shanghai with relatives who work in town, Chen said.

Police were still investigating the accident yesterday and have not announced any cause of the crash.

About 2pm on Tuesday the taxi heading north on Xinzhen Road in Minhang District and a No.173 bus running in the opposite direction collided.

Police said the taxi driver had swerved to avoid hitting another car before slamming into the bus.

Nobody on the bus was injured. Police wouldn't confirm whether the bus driver had been detained to assist in the investigation.

The cab was badly damaged and rescuers had to cut open the wreck to free the victims.

Police said the cabbie and two of the South Korean women died at the scene.

A man, surnamed Cui, a friend of the South Korean victims, said they all lived in Changning District and were on their way home after visiting a friend in Minhang's Qibao Town when the crash accident happened.


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