Woman Killed by Train After Fainting on Station Platform

A 38 year-old woman died after fainting on platform 4 of Taipei Main Station this morning. A train was pulling into the station when the woman suddenly collapsed and fell forward, with head and shoulders protruding over the edge of the platform. The train driver hit the emergency brake, but was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. Paramedics found the woman, named Zhang, had suffered head trauma and had no signs of life at the

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Woman Survives Fall from 5 Storey Bridge

A woman in Kaohsiung slipped off a bridge and swam to shore after landing in the water this morning. The woman denied that it was a suicide attempt, and told firefighters that she had slipped because it was too windy. At around 10:00 am, Ms Lin was seen sitting on the rail of Shuangyuan Bridge facing the sea. Concerned motorists called emergency services, and one man pulled up and called out to her before Lin slipped off the rail, landing

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Elderly Man Survives After Jumping into Path of Train

[Picture: Taiwan Railway Administration] A man in his 70s rushed forward and jumped off the platform as a train came into Shanjia Station, at around 8:05 am this morning. After being hit by the train, the man ended up between the platform and the wheels, suffering scratches and bruises, but conscious and not seriously injured. The man, dressed in pajamas and a light jacket, was rescued by firefighters and rushed to Far East Memorial Hospital in Banciao District. Shanjia Station

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Man Survives 5 Storey Fall After Landing on Car

A young man was hospitalized after falling from the 5th floor of a building in Xizhi District, New Taipei City, this afternoon, Tuesday, December 12. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident on Fu-an Street at around 3:45pm, and found a man, around 20 years-old, conscious, but suffering multiple injuries after falling onto a parked SUV. Pictures showed firefighters pulling the man out of the crushed vehicle, after he apparently crashed through the windshield.

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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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Remains of Missing Mountain Climber Found

The remains of Taipei firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳), who went missing in a mountainous region of Hualian County March 1 were found yesterday July 20. The skeletal remains were found at the bottom of a 100 meter drop by an aboriginal hunter, Yang Zhong-zheng (楊忠正) who was guiding a civilian team searching for Li. Firefighters from Taipei and Hualian, and army personnel spent 20 days searching for Li in March this year. During the search in precipitous terrain and under

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News Roundup July 4

Woman Spends Night at the Bottom of a Gully Taoyuan: A 40 year-old woman spent the night at the bottom of a ravine after rolling down a 40 meter slope in Fuhsing District, Taoyuan. At around 7:00pm last night, Ms You heeded an urgent call of nature and squatted in grass by the roadside to urinate. Ms You lost her balance and rolled down the slope. Nobody saw her fall or heard her calls for help until 7:00am this morning.

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Foreign Students Rescued After Flash Flood in Miaoli

[Picture: Miaoli County Fire Bureau.] Miaoli County Fire Bureau officers were called in to rescue a group of students after they were trapped by rapidly rising waters following heavy rain in Miaoli County yesterday. Liberty Times Network reported that the Five men and one woman are post-graduate students from Honduras, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Four people managed to escape themselves, leaving two people trapped. Firefighters took 6 hours to rescue the two, and had to use rappelling equipment to reach the

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Missing Hiker Rescued After 37 Day Ordeal

A hiker who made cellphone contact with rescuers 6 days ago after being missing 31 days, was finally rescued from a remote mountain ridge in Hualian County this morning. He had been without food for 8 days. See previous article: Hiker Makes Contact After 31 Days Missing The 29 year old hiker, Lee Minghan (李明翰) set off on a cross-island solo hike May 13. Lee’s last contact with his family by phone was made on May 15. On May 20,

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Rescue Team to Take 5 Days to Reach Hiker

A ground rescue team set out on foot this morning in an attempt to reach a hiker stranded on a ridge in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. It is expected they will take 5 days to reach the man. Mr Lee, 29, went missing after setting out on a hike May 13 [see previous article], but managed to make contact with rescue services by cellphone yesterday after crawling to the top of a 2,400 meter high ridge. Lee said that had

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Hiker Makes Contact After 31 Days Missing

Updated 15:32 June 14 A man who set out on a planned 15 day cross-island hike May 13 made contact by cellphone this morning. Although unable to specify his exact location, he identified a ridge north of Dagui Mountain. Rescuers are using the phone signal to attempt to pinpoint his position. The 29 year-old New Taipei City resident surnamed Lee departed from Nantou May 13, expecting to reach Hualian May 28. His last phone contact was May 15. Lee’s family

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