Bus Driver Killed in Collision on Freeway 1

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,

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Bus Driver’s Illegal U-turn plus Speeding Motorcycle a Fatal Combination

Two men in their early twenties died last night, after the motorcycle they were riding smashed into a bus doing an illegal U-turn across four lanes of traffic and a painted median strip on a road in Ilan County. The motorcycle rider is suspected to have been exceeding the speed limit at the time. The driver of the Kamalan Bus company’s intercity bus claimed that he had just dropped a passenger off and didn’t notice the crosshatched median strip, which

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Children and Teachers Evacuate Bus Before it Bursts into Flames

A bus carrying students and teachers from Malaysia and Singapore erupted into flames shortly after the passengers disembarked from the vehicle in Ilan County last night, November 10. Shortly before 9:00pm, Friday evening, the tour bus carrying 32 passengers who had just visited a tourist farm got stuck after attempting to negotiate a 90 degree turn at an intersection of two narrow mountain roadways. With a back wheel stuck in a ditch, the driver stepped on the throttle in an

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Bus Crashes and Burns in New Taipei City

A municipal bus crashed into a building in Xinzhuang District and caught fire early this morning after the driver lost consciousness at the wheel. Fortunately, the bus was not carrying passengers at the time. According to Liberty Times Network, at around 5:00am, the 41 year-old driver fainted while stopped at an intersection and his foot hit the accelerator. The bus traveled for around 40 meters before crashing into the building. After crashing, the driver’s foot appears to have remained stuck

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Bus Brakes Fail: 1 Dead, 23 Injured

A tour coach carrying a group from a church in Tainan crashed on a mountain road in Nantou County this afternoon leaving one passenger dead and 23 people injured. The group from the Presbyterian Tainan Datong Christian Church had just visited Qingjing Farm and were on their way home on Provincial Highway 14 when the driver suddenly called out “brake failure” and crashed into a tree at around 3:00pm. According to reports including United Daily News, some passengers were thrown

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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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7 Injured in Tainan City Bus Crash

[Cover picture: UDN] Six passengers suffered minor injuries, and the driver was seriously injured, when a bus crashed into a steel column in Tainan City’s Xinying District today. It is suspected the driver suffered a heart attack before the accident. At around 7:30am this morning, a Tainan City Bus veered across the center line into the path of oncoming traffic, mounted the sidewalk, knocked down a light pole and a fire hydrant, then slammed into the steel columns outside the

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12 Injured in Tour Bus Accident

Eleven Vietnamese tourists and the Taiwanese driver of their tour bus were injured when the bus ran into the back of a semi-trailer on a highway near Keelung this morning at around 10:30am. The 53 year-old driver, Mr Chen was trapped in the driver’s compartment for more than 30 minutes. Chen suffered a fractured pelvis, a lumbar vertebra fracture, and a broken thumb. Eleven passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries, mostly to the head and hands. The tour

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Tour Coach Stuck in Motorcycle Underpass

A tour coach carrying Chinese tourists in Kaohsiung this morning stuck fast against the top of a low-clearance underpass reserved exclusively for motorcycle traffic. At around 9:30am, the coach carrying 16 passengers, described as independent Chinese tourists on their way to Kenting, mistakenly took the motorcycle lane of the freeway underpass in Fengshan District. Although the vehicle was damaged, nobody was hurt and the passengers disembarked themselves. The driver was cagey about what happened. He insisted that his coach was

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12 Injured in in Minibus Crash

[Picture: Ilan County Fire Bureau (CNA)] Twelve people required hospital treatment after a bus collided with a sedan, then plowed into a tree in Ilan City this afternoon. Nine of the injured were students. According to Liberty Times Network, the oldest injured was an 81 year-old woman with an ankle injury, and the youngest was a 7 year-old boy with a broken hand. Eight of the injured were junior high school students. The bus driver was also injured. The accident

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Five Injured After Bus Hits Clearance Warning Bar

Five people were injured, one seriously, when a bus carrying students smashed into a clearance warning bar on the approach to a bridge in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan City, this evening, September 21. At about 8.30pm, the bus hit the clearance bar at a speed high enough to cause the impact to peel away part of the roof from the front of the vehicle. Five people were sent to hospital, including a seriously injured 17 year-old. The bus was carrying 29

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