The Shilin District Prosecutors Office has summoned representatives of the Youli Transportation Company and the Iris Travel company for questioning in its investigation of the fatal freeway bus crash that killed 33 people. They discovered that the fees paid by customers were mostly transferred into the bank account of Chou Pi-tsang, the founder of Iris Travel. They then summoned Chou and the company accountant for questioning. Based on statements given by passengers injured in the crash, Chou was questioned about the state of the bus involved in the crash and whether the driver was overworked, in order to determine responsibility for the crash. To protect the rights of the victims' families, the prosecutors say that measures will be taken to prevent both companies from disposing of their assets.
Chou Pi-tsang, the man behind the scenes at Iris Travel, left the Shilin District Prosecutors Office after a whole day of questioning. He did not speak.
The prosecutors summoned the official representative for Iris Travel on the night of Feb. 14 in their investigation into the freeway bus crash that killed 33. However, the official representative was unable to give details about the company's operations. As most of the money paid by customers seemed to flow into Chou Pi-tsang's account, prosecutors summoned him for questioning about the maintenance of the bus involved and to determine whether the driver was overworked. Though some have accused Iris Travel of mistreating their employees, the tour conductor who accompanied him says otherwise.
==TOUR CONDUCTOR Iris Travel Company==
He's a man of few words. He thinks the facts speak for themselves. That's what I believe he's thinking. That's his personality, he wouldn't speak up to explain himself.
The prosecutors have requested electric toll collection records and surveillance camera footage between Taipei and Wuling Farm to determine whether the driver's hours were excessive. They are also tracking down the two days of work schedules that remain missing. All are critical pieces of evidence to determine responsibility for this devastating accident. The prosecutors have barred Chou and his son from leaving the country. They will also initiate measures to prevent the companies involved from disposing of their assets, in order to ensure compensation for the victims' families.
TRANSLATED BY：JOHN CHEN
蔡慧玲 陳信隆 邱福財 台北報導
PROSECUTOR SUMMONS IRIS TRAVEL COMPANY OWNER|檢追查翻車事故 約談蝶戀花創辦人
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