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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Eight Scooter Riders Bowled Over by Out of Control Car

Six college students were injured after a car went out of control and careered into a group of 7 scooters traveling together on route 28 in Kaohsiung yesterday. At around 9:30 pm, a driver named Zheng (鄭), who police suspect was speeding, lost control of his vehicle on a bend, and smashed into the group of 8 young scooter riders aged 19 and 20, who were on their way to Qishan Township. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening,

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Runners Go Bananas in Kaohsiung

Six thousand runners participated in the second annual Banana run – the Qishan Marathon, in Kaohsiung this morning, Sunday, January 7. Many runners wore yellow clothes, some sported yellow sneakers, and a few even donned banana suits for the event. The route for the run meandered through banana plantations and fields of soy bean. Participants were treated to all kinds of banana flavored snacks including banana soup, banana egg rolls, banana cake, banana bread, banana popsicles, and banana vinegar drinks.

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3 Injured After Elderly Driver Passes Out at the Wheel

A 71 year-old man passed out while driving his car in Kaohsiung City this afternoon, sending his vehicle careering towards oncoming traffic, before finally crashing into a stationary car and scooters parked on the sidewalk. Dashcam footage from the driver’s car showed the car drifting left over the center dividing lines and into the path of scooters traveling in the opposite direction, before going through a red light, then crashing into a car parked outside a bank on the corner.

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Driver Too Drunk for Breath Test

A woman who crashed her car in Kaohsiung City this morning was so drunk that she giggled when the police arrived, and couldn’t manage to blow into an alcohol breath-testing device. Police had to take her to a hospital for an alcohol blood test. Ms Lee, 41, failed to negotiate a bend on a freeway interchange, and her car ended up mounting a traffic divider before coming to a stop against a pole at around 4:45am. After stopping, Lee remained

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Man Dies After Being Hacked with Watermelon Knife

A man bled to death after being hacked in the leg with a watermelon knife in the middle of the street in Kaohsiung City this morning. The deadly attack was the result of a dispute over a debt. At around 6:00am, the 42 year old victim, Mr Ou, met with a man in his 20s named Chen on Baojing Street, Zuoying District, to negotiate over an NT$30,000 debt. An altercation ensued during which Chen drew a watermelon knife and slashed

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Man Rescued From Burning Car: Wife Jumps to Her Death

A man attempted to commit suicide by setting his car alight but was rescued by police. When the man’s wife was informed of the incident, she jumped to her death from their 9th floor apartment. Shortly before 3:00am, police in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung city attended to a report of a car on fire under a bridge. When the officers arrived, they heard a call for help, and found a man beside the burning car. The officers pulled the man away

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4 Killed After Tour Bus Smashes into Car

Four occupants of a small sedan were killed after a tour bus smashed into the car on Freeway 3 in Kaohsiung this morning. Nobody on the tour bus was reported injured. The accident happened at 8:42am in the southbound lanes at Yanchao Interchange. Of the 4 people cut out of the mangled wreck of the car, 3 had no vital signs at the scene of the accident, and one later died at the hospital. The driver of the car was

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Australian Artist Reproduces Kaohsiung Street-grit in Miniature

Australian artist Joshua Smith recently completed a model of a locksmith’s shop in Kaohsiung City and it will be on display in an exhibition at the Arcade Art Gallery in Kaohsiung from November 10. According to My Modern Met, Smith, a former stencil artist and gallerist has focused on creating miniature urban landscapes for the past two years. Smith’s previous work featured a building in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Kaohsiung locksmith building is replicated on a 1:18 scale and includes

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Witnesses Mistake Drunk Punk for Movie Stuntman

The presence of a film crew at the scene of an accident early yesterday morning in Kaohsiung City led bystanders to believe they had just witnessed a spectacular movie stunt. Actually, they had just witnessed the lead singer of a nu metal band drunkenly smash through a crash barrier while attempting to avoid a pedestrian crossing the road. At around 5:00am, Sunday, October 29, a 24 year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and ended up vertically parked on a

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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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