Bus Driver Shows Reckless Disregard for Public Safety

A bus driver in Taichung City was recorded crossing double yellow lines and charging through a red light to make a left turn, January 27. At around 9:00 pm, the day before yesterday, the bus owned by Geya Bus Transportation Company overtook cars by traveling down the wrong side of the road for a distance of about 100 meters before charging through a light that had just turned red. The bus driver was identified as Mr Chen in an Apple

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Explosion and Fire at Oil Refinery

Residents in Taoyuan City were rudely awoken by a massive explosion at the CPC oil refinery at around 6:40 am this morning, January 29. Following the explosion, a fire engulfed the desulfurization unit. According to media reports, the explosion was heard as far as 10 kilometers away. The fire bureau dispatched 93 personnel, 37 fire appliances, and 3 ambulances to the scene of the fire. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. According to preliminary reports, the explosion and fire occurred

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Coast Guard to the Rescue of Orchid Island Test Candidates

The coast guard dispatched a patrol boat to Orchid Island yesterday to pick up two students who feared they would miss out on the College Entrance Examination after ferry services and flights to the island were cancelled due to bad weather. More than 136, 000 test candidates will sit for the exams today, Friday, January 26, and tomorrow, January 27. The tests are taken by students in their last year of high school, and are an important part of the

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Military Explosives Team Identifies Grenade on Sidewalk as Fake

A military explosives team was called to Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, this morning, after a grenade was spotted on the sidewalk outside an electrical appliance store. Police blockaded the area and called the military after receiving a report about the grenade at around 8:00 am. After inspecting the object, the military ordnance team identified it as a non-lethal model grenade, possibly designed as a movie prop.

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Store Window Hit by Stray Bullets During Police Shoot-out with Drug Dealer

Stray Bullets hit a convenience store window in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, yesterday, after a police officer fired four shots at a suspect who pulled a gun on the officers. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the incident. Police officers investigating suspected drug dealers followed two suspects from a residence in Ximending to a location in Zhonghe District. At around 11:00 pm, a 32 year-old suspect named Chen got out of a car as police approached to question the men.

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Members of the Public Extinguish Fire after Car Accident

Passersby who witnessed a multi-vehicle accident in Ilan City this morning rushed into a gas station and grabbed fire extinguishers to put out a fire after one of the vehicles burst into flames. Four vehicles were involved in an accident on Zhongshan Road, section 1. According to witnesses, one of the vehicles plowed into a small truck, severely damaging the engine compartment of the hatchback. Flames began to emanate from the damaged engine. The driver of a cement truck passing

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Suspected Drunk Driver Flees after Crashing into Campus Building

Police suspect a drunk driver fled after crashing into an outbuilding of an elementary school campus in Danshui District in the early hours of the morning, today, January 22. At around 2:00 am, a driver lost control of a black Lexus and crashed through a hedge before smashing through a low brick wall and hitting a building in the campus of Xinshi Elementary School. The building is located on the school’s farm. Residents in nearby high-rise apartment buildings were woken

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Car Thief Crashes into Police Car in Attempt to Evade Arrest

A suspect in Taoyuan City side-swiped a police car and attempted to escape, but was arrested after he crashed head-on into another car. The 42 year-old suspect, named Lee, stole a car in Taiyuan District. Police were alerted to the theft by the car’s owner, and spotted the car at around noon yesterday in Guanyin District. As police maneuvered their patrol car to block his escape. Lee side-swiped the police car and drove around it. In attempting to get through

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Gunman Arrested After Shots Fired at House

A 21 year old man turned himself in at a police station in Chiayi City last night, after firing at least 9 shots into the glass facade of a building at around 10:00 am yesterday morning. The suspect, named Hsieh, told police that he had fired the shots in anger after three of his friends were injured in a fight with another group at a KTV in the early hours of the morning. Police had been searching for Hsieh, after

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Wanted Man Hides in Drain for 3 Hours

A man wanted for drugs-related offenses abandoned his vehicle and escaped up a storm-water drain until police hunted him down in Hsinchu County this morning. Police stopped 52 year-old Mr Deng after he made an illegal right turn on a red light at around 7:00 am this morning. Deng supplied police false information about his identity, but then fled when he realized that police did not believe him. The suspect leaped over a guard rail off a low bridge, then

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Driver Incinerated After High Speed Crash

A 21 year-old man died after he was trapped in his burning car, while his passenger managed to climb out of the mangled wreck before it went up in flames. The driver of another car involved in the accident also survived. At around 2:00 am this morning, January 20, the driver of a silver BMW was traveling at high speed on Huanhe Road in Tucheng District when he attempted to overtake a white Ford sedan. It was raining at the

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