Driver Killed in Level Crossing Accident

The driver of a car that charged through the boom gates at a level crossing in Tainan died this morning after his car was hit by a train. The impact of the collision caused the driver to be thrown out of the car. The mangled wreck of the car blocked rail traffic in both directions until it was removed with a backhoe. A total of 28 trains and 7,180 passengers were affected by the accident.

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Woman Bitten by Cobra in the Kitchen

A 70 year-old Keelung woman felt a pain in her ankle while cooking lunch today, and was shocked when she looked down and saw a cobra. The woman was rushed to hospital still conscious but with a swollen ankle, while firefighters were dispatched to catch the snake. The firefighters caught the 60cm long cobra and warned nearby residents to be on the alert. Ms Xie’s family said that they had lived in the house for 30 years, and although they

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Cops Bust Marijuana Cigar Shop in Kaohsiung

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] Criminal Investigation Bureau officers in Kaohsiung City arrested two men growing cannabis above a cigar shop in Lingya District yesterday, September 13. According to a Liberty Times Network report, the first floor housed the cigar shop, the third floor was used for growing, and the second floor functioned as a lounge where customers could smoke pot. Sixty-one mature plants were confiscated along with the finished product, seeds, equipment used for growing, and a device for

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6 Dead, 11 Injured in Freeway Bus Crash

[Cover Picture: Kaohsiung Fire Bureau] Six passengers were killed, and 11 people injured in a late night bus crash on the National Freeway, Monday, September 11. The Aloha coach departed Kaohsiung at 11:00pm en route to Taipei. At the 348 kilometer mark at 11:46pm, the bus driver is suspected to have braked hard and swerved to avoid a car and then crashed into the central traffic separator. Reports in Chinese language news reports including United Daily News say that many

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Typhoon Track Revised North: Expected to Intensify

The Central Weather Bureau revised the predicted path of Typhoon Talim today, expecting the storm to make landfall in Taiwan somewhere in the north of Hualian County or Ilan County. The revised path predicts that most of the island will be affected with the highest intensity in the northern and central districts. A CWB spokesperson also said that the typhoon is expected to intensify as it approaches Taiwan due to warm sea surface temperatures and low wind-shear. The spokesperson did

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Off Road Park Closed After 2 Year-old Killed in Rollover Accident: Driver Charged

An off road experience park in Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, was temporarily closed while local authorities undertake a comprehensive review of operating practices and regulations, after a fatal accident left a 2 year-old girl dead and 3 family members injured in a roll-over accident yesterday. The driver of the jeep, Mr Zhang, who has 10 years driving jeeps at the park, has been charged with negligent homicide. At around 11:00am Sunday morning, September 10, the Chen family were enjoying the

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Vietnamese Worker Buried Alive in Sewage Trench

[Cover Picture: Apple Daily] A Vietnamese man died in Ilan County today after the trench he was working in collapsed. The identity of the man is unknown, as he was illegally employed as a day-laborer by the contractors undertaking the sewage works for the County Government. Rescuers spent 1.5 hours digging the man out. Chinese language media showed images of the man’s lifeless, mud-covered body being lifted out of the trench. Rescuers rinsed the man off and performed CPR, but

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2 Dead 6 Injured After Head on Collision with Bus

[Cover Picture: Taitung Fire Bureau.] Two people died and 6 were slightly injured after an SUV crashed head-on into a tourist bus on Highway 9 in Taitung County shortly before noon today, September 11. The driver and passenger of the car were trapped in the vehicle. The driver was found lifeless at the scene. The seriously injured passenger lost vital signs on the way to hospital. Six passengers on the bus were slightly injured. The accident occurred at around 11:40am

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Two Seriously Injured in Airplane Maintenance Accident

Two aircraft maintenance personnel were seriously injured after they fell from a platform in a hangar at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport yesterday, September 9. The workers were repainting a China Airlines Airbus A330. At the same time a crew were working inside the passenger cabin. The door of the aircraft had to be closed for the painting operation, causing the interior to become uncomfortably hot. The crew inside the cabin employed an external air-conditioning unit to pump cool air into

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White Wolf: Taiwan Aborigines are Chinese, and Confucian

Chang An-lo, also known as the “White Wolf,” declared that Taiwan’s indigenous people are actually Chinese at an Amis “harvest festival” organised by the Chinese Unity Promotion Party in Hualian yesterday, September 9. The event was styled as “The Chinese Unity Year of Confucius 2568 Bumper Harvest Festival”. Making a speech as host of the event, the erudite gangster-turned-politician declared, “Everyone is Chinese; aboriginal people are Chinese.” Wearing a costume that resembled a traditional Chinese-style robe but with Amis aboriginal

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Typhoon Talim May Affect Taiwan Mid-Week

The 18th typhoon of the 2017 season may affect Taiwan from Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Tropical Typhoon Talim formed near Guam September 7. The storm is currently located 2,310km east-southeast of Point Eluanbi and moving west-northwest at 25kph. The CWB said that it may issue a sea alert as early as Tuesday September 12. According to CWB, warm sea surface temperatures and low wind-shear are conducive for intensification to moderate typhoon status. Storm herald, Frankie MacDonald issued

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