Tourism, highway chiefs punished over deadly accident

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Tourism Bureau Director-General Chou Yung-hui (???) and Directorate General of Highways chief Chen Yen-po (???) received major demerits Friday to take responsibility for one of the deadliest bus accidents in Taiwan's history.

Despite receiving the demerits, however, the two officials kept their jobs.

Both had offered to resign after a tour bus returning from a day trip in central Taiwan flipped off a freeway exit ramp in eastern Taipei on Feb. 13, killing 33 people and injuring 11 others.

Seven officials from the two agencies, whose original punishments were thought to be too light, were also given minor demerits on Friday after the Ministry of Transportation and Communications reviewed the case, according to Deputy Transport Minister Chi Wen-jong (???).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel