Migrant Worker Injured After Hit by Moving Train on Station Platform

An Indonesian man was injured after being hit by a moving train while standing on a platform at Chungli Station in Taoyuan today. Reports in Liberty Times Network and Apple Daily say the man was affected by alcohol at the time. At 3:32 pm, local shuttle service train No. 1204 traveling from Miaoli to Keelung was arriving at Chungli Station when the 31 year old man named as Rokim in media reports “moved toward the moving train.” Liberty Times reported

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Woman Killed by Train After Fainting on Station Platform

A 38 year-old woman died after fainting on platform 4 of Taipei Main Station this morning. A train was pulling into the station when the woman suddenly collapsed and fell forward, with head and shoulders protruding over the edge of the platform. The train driver hit the emergency brake, but was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. Paramedics found the woman, named Zhang, had suffered head trauma and had no signs of life at the

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Dealer Murdered During Drug Deal

A 26 year-old man stabbed a 24 year-old man to death during a drug deal in Taoyuan City early yesterday morning, Monday, February 20. At around 5:00 am, a man named Gao met a man named Chen at a temple behind Yuan Ze University with the intention of purchasing NT30,000 worth of drugs. The two men traveled to Bade District on Chen’s motorcycle. The men stopped at an intersection on Dongtai Street, where a dispute occurred. During the altercation, Gao

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Man Suffers Burns After Go Kart Bursts into Flames

A man turned into a human fireball after the go kart he was driving erupted into flames at a go kart track in Hsinchu County today, according to reports in Apple Daily and SETN. The twenty-one year-old man, named Peng, was enjoying a day out in sunny, warm weather, on the third day of the Lunar New Year holiday, when the accident happened in Hengshan Township shortly before 4:00 pm this afternoon. According to United Daily News, Peng suffered burns

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Patrol Car Hit while Running Red Light: Forgot to turn on Siren

A police car escorting an ambulance and a civilian car was hit by another car while running a red light in Miaoli County last night. According to Apple Daily, the police officers had forgotten to turn on the siren. Earlier in the evening, officers had received a report from concerned family members that a 38 year old man named Lee intended to commit suicide. Police located the man’s car near Jiuwenshui Bridge, and found Lee in the riverbed at around

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3 Grandma Pickpockets Arrested Working Traditional Lunar New Year Markets

Sharp-eyed police officers formed a task force in greater Taipei and have arrested three female pick-pockets at three different traditional markets as shoppers throng to buy supplies for the Lunar New Year holiday. The three were aged 71, 64, and 59. Ms Huang, 71, traveled from Taichung to work the markets in Taipei. Police believe Huang, who has criminal records for pick-pocketing extending back to 40 years ago or more, is too well known in Taichung, and thus headed to

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EPA Sets Timetable to Achieve Plastics-free Ocean Goal

[Picture from previous article Litter Found in the Bellies of Dolphinfish ] A range of disposable plastic products, including plastic bags, drinking straws, disposable tableware, eating utensils, and drinking cups, will be completely banned by 2030 under a plan rolled out by the Environmental Protection Administration today, February 13. EPA Director, Lee Ying-Yuan launched the Taiwan Marine Waste Management Action Plan this morning. Under the plan, next year, 2019, will see plastic drinking straws banned in major chain restaurants. By

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200 Dogs Rescued from Animal Purgatory on the eve of Year of the Dog

Animal protection officers rescued 200 dogs and 7 cats from a property in Danshui District after a report was received from the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office personnel acted after the TSPCA proffered photo and video evidence of dogs eating dogs, according to Liberty Times. Inspectors, with the help of a number of veterinarians and animal protection volunteers, visited the property February 6, and found a rat-infested

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Driver Charged after Driving under the influence of Laughing Gas

A woman in Taoyuan City yesterday was charged with the crime of public endangerment, after being found to have been driving under the influence of laughing gas when she crashed into another vehicle on Shoushan Road. Ms Liu, 23, rear-ended a car stopped at a red light at around 12:00 pm Sunday. When the driver of the other vehicle got out of his car to talk to Liu, he found her sitting in her car vigorously sucking on a balloon,

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Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 10: CWB Can’t Rule Out Possibility of Bigger Quake to Follow

The Central Disaster Response Center this evening, February 8, said that the current death toll from the Hualien earthquake now stands at 10, with 272 injured, and seven missing. A total of 772 people are in emergency accommodations. Among the deceased are four Chinese nationals, and a Filipino carer named Melody who was found trapped in a closet in the ill-fated Yun-Men Tsui-di building. Among the missing are five Chinese Nationals, and two Canadian citizens with the surnames Su (蘇)

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Gas Explosion in Kaohsiung Restaurant Injures 20

Up to 20 people were injured, with three in intensive care, after a gas explosion at a bento restaurant in Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City this evening, February 1. Liberty Times reports that a massive blast plunged the restaurant into a sea of fire at around 6:50 pm. Glass fragments showered the street, and the windows of nearby vehicles shattered. Video uploaded by the public to social media showed an intense blaze that ensued after the explosion. Both Liberty Times and

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