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Sadly, it’s official – according to officials.

The 53-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a bus en route to Taoyuan International Airport that crashed and burned … killing all on board in July 2016 … was drunk and committed murder / suicide.

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Everyone on the bus (26 people) died in post-crash fiery inferno

“(The driver, surnamed Su) who was drunk driving, committed suicide by pouring gasoline and setting a fire, killing other passengers,” prosecutors said in a statement Saturday.

The probe uncovered dozens of phone calls between Su and his family in the days before the crash, with relatives pleading for him not to commit suicide.

“Don’t you love the three children in your family? Don’t let them be ashamed. If you do this, it will bring shame to us all,” a text message from his sister read.

Authorities say driver Su Ming-cheng (蘇明成) was as a possible alcoholic who had a history of violent behavior.

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Investigators believe that minutes before the incident, Su poured gasoline over the driver’s seat and on the floor near the exit … before sparking the fire with a lighter.

The alcohol level in Su’s blood at the time of his death was equivalent to a breath alcohol content of 1.075 mg/L.

Su was embroiled in two separate lawsuits when he chose to end his life: one related to a fight with a tour guide and another over an alleged sexual assault. In both cases, investigators said he was reportedly intoxicated.

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“Because of this, (the lawsuits and a reported possible jail term) Su was depressed,” prosecutors ruled.

Su Ming-cheng (蘇明成) was driving a tour bus carrying 24 members of a Chinese tour group and a Taiwanese tour guide to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport when the bus crashed into a freeway guardrail and burst into flames around 1 p.m. on July 19., 2016.

All 26 people on board were killed in the fire as the emergency doors reportedly could not be opened.

*(Photos via China Times / SETN / local news stations)

Link to Chinese story: http://udn.com/news/story/2/1953361

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