The driver of an intercity bus died at the scene of an accident on National Highway 1 in Tainan, after plowing into a flatbed semi-trailer that had gone out of control and jack-knifed in wet and slippery road conditions, in the early hours of the morning, January 9.
Four people were sent to hospital with what were described as light injuries. The injured included the truck driver, a bus passenger, and two occupants of a car.
At approximately 4:12 am, the truck went out of control and ended up horizontal across the northbound lanes of the freeway, with the cabin against the center traffic barrier. The bus, which police suspect was not maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, plowed into the trailer, crushing the 30 year-old bus driver, who suffered a fractured skull and abdominal injuries that left his internal organs exposed, according to media reports.
Police investigations ruled out drink driving as a factor in the accident. The actual cause of the crash is still under investigation.