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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Police Fire 8 Shots in Arrest of Drugs and Guns Trafficker

A suspect in Changhua County abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot after officers attempted to make an arrest. Police fired 8 shots as they chased the man through residential properties and fields, before the suspect finally surrendered. A military assault rifle was seized in the investigation. Mr Hong, 53, used a mobile food truck as a front for trading in drugs and firearms, police told media at a press conference in Taichung this morning. Hong traveled around Taichung, Changhua,

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Woman Survives Fall from 15th Floor

[Picture: United Daily News] A woman in Taichung City survived a fall from the 15th floor, after jumping off a balcony, and landing on a sheet-metal roof at the 3rd floor level. The 35 year-old woman named Hsieh, was drinking with her 30 year-old boyfriend at around noon today when she apparently began to question him as to whether or not he had a mistress. An argument ensued, during which Ms Hsieh attempted to jump off the 15th floor balcony.

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Taichung Factory Burns All Night

Firefighters in Taichung City battled a blaze in a factory from shortly after 9:00pm last night until the fire was finally extinguished at around 6:15am this morning. The fire bureau received a report of a fire at the Chuang Yuan Precision Machinery factory in Wuri District at around 9:20pm. Nineteen fire appliances and 62 firefighters were dispatched to deal with the blaze. The fire was intense due to the large amount of plastic raw material consisting of plastic granules contained

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Very Drunk Driver Kills One, then Flees to the Scene of the Next Accident

A very drunk driver in Taichung City knocked down two road construction workers, killing one, then fled the scene of the accident and knocked over a motorcyclist, before finally crashing into another car one kilometer away from the scene of the original accident. At around 5:00pm today, Monday, December 11, the 54 year-old driver of a black Mercedes Benz E200 plowed into a work site on Jinde Road. Two workers were injured in the accident, and one was trapped under

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Drunk Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel After Sideswiping Car

A driver in downtown Taichung City was so drunk that he didn’t realize he’d sideswiped a parked car. Around one minute later he stopped at a red light and fell asleep. Police officers from Dadun station were on patrol at around 3:00am, when they saw a yellow Chevrolet Camaro idling at an intersection as the traffic lights turned from red to green, then red again. The officers approached the car and woke the driver up. A roadside breath test on

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Indonesian Woman Killed in Fall While Attempting Escape

An Indonesian woman working as a carer died after falling from an 11th floor window in Taichung City yesterday. Police believe the woman was attempting to escape from her employer. At around 6:00am, November 18, the guard at an upmarket apartment complex in Taichung’s Xitun District went out to investigate after hearing the sound of a large object that had fallen. The guard didn’t find anything, but a short time later he received a call from a resident on the

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Suicidal Woman Rescued From 18th Floor Window Canopy

Formosa Television(FTV) today reported that a woman accidentally fell from a balcony and landed on an awning on the 18th floor of a 20 storey building in Taichung City yesterday, November 16. China Times went so far as to furnish a “schematic diagram,” i.e. a picture unrelated to the story, that showed a broken rain cover and bent canopy frame, suggesting that someone had fallen onto it from a height. Apple Daily also reported that the 30 year-old woman had

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Under-aged, Unlicensed Teen Killed in Scooter Accident, Another Seriously Injured

A 14 year-old boy died and a 13 year-old is in a critical condition after the two boys crashed a scooter on a mountain road in Taichung yesterday. Neither boy was wearing a helmet. Three junior high students were enjoying the day at an uncle’s fishing pond when they decided to buy some fireworks rockets. Two of the boys took the uncle’s unlicensed scooter to go to a grocery store, while a third boy rode a bicycle and followed. On

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Driver Leaves Trail of Destruction. Police: No Crime Committed

A man in Taichung City crashed into a total of six cars during a trip to buy a midnight snack this morning. Mr Chen, 64 first crashed into 3 parked cars in Guotai Street in the city’s northern district. Chen’s front right tire was ripped off the rim in the accident, but Chen continued driving for 5 kilometers with sparks flying off the bare rim, leaving visible marks on the road. In Taiping District, Chen hit another 3 parked cars.

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Gas Explosion Destroys Restaurant 1 Dead 15 Injured

A gas explosion followed by an intense blaze destroyed several buildings in Taichung shortly after noon today, injuring 15 people and destroying vehicles parked in the street. The explosion happened in a restaurant next to Feng Chia (Fengjia) University at 12:22, when the restaurant and surrounding area was bustling with people on their lunch break. Fire chief Hsiao Huanzhang (蕭煥章) said that according to interviews with restaurant staff, someone was replacing the gas bottles and didn’t shut off a valve,

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