Tour bus driver confirmed dead, Chinese tourists still missing


TAIPEI – A Taiwan driver, Tsai Chih-ming, missing since Oct. 21 after a Typhoon Megi-triggered landslide on the island’s eastern coastal Suao-Hualien Highway, was confirmed dead Tuesday, according to the local prosecutors office.

Xinhua reports that the rescue team found his remains at a section of the highway Monday, and fingerprint identification confirmed the identity, the office said.

Despite a search lasting more than five days, tour group leader Tian Yuan, from Beijing, who was on the same bus as Tsai, remains missing.

Twenty-one members of a tour group — 19 mainland tourists, a local guide and a local driver – are still missing after their bus was hit by a landslide on the highway on Oct. 21.