Cocaine and Cannabis Concealed in Shock Absorbers

Customs officers at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport intercepted shipments of cocaine and cannabis hidden in shock absorbers on October 20 and October 23 respectively and police made two arrests yesterday when the suspects attempted to take delivery of the shipments. An x-ray examination of the shock absorbers drew customs officers’ attention October 20, and after cutting one open, the officers found cocaine. A total of 3.983kg of cocaine was found in the shipment. The Customs Bureau and Police agencies formed

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Taiwan’s First Articulated, Low-deck, Electric Buses in Service

Articulated, Low-deck, electric buses started trial operations in Kaohsiung today, October 24, and are free to the public during the trial period up to October 31. The Kaohsiung City Transportation Bureau said the trial period will be used to assess the public’s acceptance of the vehicles and evaluate the feasibility of using the buses on major routes. The 18 meter long buses are manufactured by Taiwan company Leon Energy (力歐新能源公司) and utilize Lithium titanate batteries, allowing much faster charging than

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Doctor Mayor Goes to Accident Victim’s Aid

Chiayi City Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) was seen going to the aid of a scooter rider hit by a car October 20. Pictures and video were widely circulated after the picture was uploaded to the Mayor’s Facebook page. The mayor’s car was at the intersection of Linsen East Road and Xinsheng Road when a young lady on a scooter slammed into a car that made a left turn against oncoming traffic. The mayor, who is also a physician, former Health

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Under-aged, Unlicensed Teen Killed in Scooter Accident, Another Seriously Injured

A 14 year-old boy died and a 13 year-old is in a critical condition after the two boys crashed a scooter on a mountain road in Taichung yesterday. Neither boy was wearing a helmet. Three junior high students were enjoying the day at an uncle’s fishing pond when they decided to buy some fireworks rockets. Two of the boys took the uncle’s unlicensed scooter to go to a grocery store, while a third boy rode a bicycle and followed. On

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16 Year-old Unlicensed Driver Seriously Injured, Dad Dead

A 48 year-old man died at the scene of an accident after his 16 year-old son lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole on Highway 3 in Miaoli County last night, October 22. Mr Qiu was found with no heartbeat or vital signs at the scene of the accident and was declared dead at the hospital after failing to respond to CPR. Qiu junior was in a critical condition with head and abdominal injuries. He also

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Mobile Missile Battery Involved in Car Accident

A mobile Patriot 3 missile launching platform was involved in a car accident this morning in Xindian (Hsintien) District, New Taipei City. Nobody was hurt in the accident. According to Chinese language media reports, the military vehicle was taking a turn at around 10:10pm when it approached the bend at the wrong angle. When the driver backed up to correct his turn, the trailer hit a civilian car stopped behind the vehicle. The PAC-3 missiles were not damaged in the

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Cop Accidentally Shot by Colleague

A 23 year old police officer was shot in the chest and arm this morning after a colleague accidentally fired her service pistol while attempting clean the weapon. At around 8:40am at the Guanfu Police Station in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, a 24 year-old female police officer named Huang (黃) was doing routine maintenance on the weapon when it fired. The bullet grazed a desk before hitting a 23 year-old male officer named Wang (王) in the right arm

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Stranded Bulk-freighter Finally Towed Free

A bulk carrier that ran aground off the coast of Taoyuan City October 14 was finally towed free at 11:00pm last night, October 20. The owners of the 95,717 DWT (Gross Tonnage: 50,626) Harvest Sky carrying a load of coal bound for an unloading facility in Linkou District accumulated fines of NT$800,000, after being issued an NT$100,000 fine every day the vessel was stranded. The vessel owners contracted Nippon Salvage to rescue the vessel, but a tug sent to attempt

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Tour Bus Rear-ends Tour Bus: 7 Injured

Seven people were injured when a tour bus crashed into the back of another tour bus it was following on the National Freeway this morning. The two tour buses belonged to the same company and were travelling together when the accident happened at around 7:40am at the 38.4km mark near Linkou on National Freeway 1. The 40 year-old driver and 6 passengers on the second bus were injured. Nobody on the first bus suffered injuries. The injured were sent to

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1 Dead 3 Injured After Acid Attack at National Taiwan University

A man splashed acid, injuring three people, then cut his own throat and died at the women’s dormitory at National Taiwan University shortly after midnight, this morning. According to preliminary police investigations, the deceased was a 25 year-old post-graduate student at Taiwan University of Science and Technology named Zhang, and the target of his attack was a 23 year-old male student studying psychology at NTU named Xie. According to Chinese language media reports, Zhang went to the dormitory armed with

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Loose Screws Halt Traffic on National Freeway

Drivers on the National Freeway were caught in a one hour traffic jam and 15 vehicles suffered punctured tires after barrels of screws fell of a truck this evening, October 19. Shortly after 6:00pm, a truck carrying a load of screws northbound from Tainan to Taichung lost two barrels, which burst open on impact, strewing screws over a 300 meter long section of the freeway in Yunlin County. A United Daily News report said the National Freeway turned into a

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