Truck Involved in Rear End Accident Showed no Signs of Braking

The driver of a truck that rear-ended a semi-trailer on the Formosa Freeway this morning is in a coma after sustaining critical injuries. Police say there are no signs of brake marks on the road. The accident happened around 5:00am in the northbound lanes of Freeway #3 at the 142km mark in Miaoli County. Police said it appeared that the 55 year-old driver of the goods truck failed to keep a safe distance between his vehicle and the coal truck

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11 Firefighters Treated for Acid Burns: Unitech Factory Fire

Eleven firefighters had to be treated in hospital after being injured by acid burns and inhalation, while fighting a fire at a factory in Tucheng yesterday evening, September 28. The factory belongs to printed circuit board manufacturer Unitech. According to Liberty Times Network, Unitech staff at the Tucheng factory are suspected to have deliberately concealed the fact that there were hazardous materials on site, putting firefighters lives in danger. New Taipei City Fire Bureau received a report of the fire

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65 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Swoop on Chicken Slaughterhouse

Immigration police, New Taipei City police, and Labor Bureau officials yesterday raided a chicken slaughter and distribution factory in Hsinchuang District. Of 78 foreign workers, 65 were found to be undocumented. Police received a tip-off recently that a chicken factory was employing the undocumented foreign workers in order to meet extra demand for chicken meat in the lead up to the mid-Autumn festival, when Taiwanese according to recent tradition, gather with family and friends to enjoy a barbecue. The 2,000

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Gravel Truck Driver Looking Around and Digging His Ear Before Sandwiching Little Blue Truck

A driver involved in a fatal accident where a small truck was sandwiched between two semi-trailers was found to have lied when he said that the vehicle in front had suddenly stopped, leaving him no time to brake and avoid a collision. Tuesday morning September 26, a 33 year-old driver of a small truck was killed after being sandwiched between two gravel trucks. Internal video monitors from the gravel truck driver’s cabin released yesterday, showed that the driver was not

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12 Injured in in Minibus Crash

[Picture: Ilan County Fire Bureau (CNA)] Twelve people required hospital treatment after a bus collided with a sedan, then plowed into a tree in Ilan City this afternoon. Nine of the injured were students. According to Liberty Times Network, the oldest injured was an 81 year-old woman with an ankle injury, and the youngest was a 7 year-old boy with a broken hand. Eight of the injured were junior high school students. The bus driver was also injured. The accident

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News Briefs Tuesday September 26

Autumn Tiger: High Temperatures Across Taiwan Hot weather continues into Autumn. What westerners sometimes call an Indian Summer is called Autumn Tiger in Chinese. Taipei recorded a maximum temperature of 37.1°C at 12:48pm, while the normally cooler Matsu Islands saw a maximum of 36.6°C. Meteorologists warn that the high temperatures will persist for another couple of days. The hot weather is the result of a Pacific high pressure system. Mountain areas may experience thunderstorms in the afternoon. Police Swoop on

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Pro-China Thugs Beat up Student Protestors

China Unification Promotion Party members scuffled with students who had protested, and shut down a concert at National Taiwan University in Taipei City yesterday, Sunday, September 24. During the altercation, one of the CUPP members used an extendable baton to hit at least two students. The students required hospital treatment, one for a 3cm head laceration. National University Downgraded to Municipal Level The students were protesting a concert held by the China New Song television series (official English name: Sing!

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Cops Arrest Man Who Robbed Woman at Knife-point

Police arrested a man in Taoyuan within 30 hours of his robbing a woman at knife-point. Investigators say the man’s distinctive skull and crossbones jacket made it easy to trace the thief using traffic and surveillance cameras. On the evening of September 19, the 41 year-old Mr Zhang donned his skull and bones jacket, and armed with a combat knife, set out on his mission. First, Zhang stole a motorcycle license plate and hung it on his own scooter. Then

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Five Injured After Bus Hits Clearance Warning Bar

Five people were injured, one seriously, when a bus carrying students smashed into a clearance warning bar on the approach to a bridge in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan City, this evening, September 21. At about 8.30pm, the bus hit the clearance bar at a speed high enough to cause the impact to peel away part of the roof from the front of the vehicle. Five people were sent to hospital, including a seriously injured 17 year-old. The bus was carrying 29

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Armed Bank Robbery in Taipei City

[Cover Picture: Central News Agency] A female customer was threatened with a knife to the neck during an armed robbery at a bank in Shilin District, Taipei City this afternoon, September 20. At around 1:00pm, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and a surgical mask walked into a branch of Taipei Star Bank on Jiantan Road, and approached a 30 year-old woman at the counter from behind. The man grabbed the woman, put a knife to her neck and threw

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Three Injured, 1 Dead in New Taipei City Gangland Shooting

Breaking news: updates and changes expected. Five people were shot during temple celebrations in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District today and at least one is dead. One of the victims is a gang boss named Lin Li-chang (林立昌) who belongs to the Heavenly Way Alliance. At the time of writing Lin is in a critical condition after being shot 6 times. Lin was not breathing and had no heartbeat when brought to the hospital, but was revived and is currently

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