6 injured after car crashes into sidewalk arcade in New Taipei City

six people were taken to hospital, fortunately none with life-threatening injuries, after a car veered onto the sidewalk after being hit by a taxi making an illegal left turn in Luzhou District, New Taipei City yesterday, July 3. According to the police report and video footage of the incident, the taxi driven by a 47-year-old man, named Zhang, made an illegal left turn on Sanmin Road and hit the front fender of a white SUV at around 10:30 pm. The

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8-year-old boy develops myocarditis after second COVID shot

An eight-year old boy was diagnosed with myocarditis two days after receiving the second dose of a COVID vaccine, and his condition may have been triggered by the vaccine, Taiwan’s Public Service Television (PTS) news reported yesterday, June 24. The second-grader in Kaohsiung City was administered the second dose of the Moderna shot on June 17, and developed a fever and chest pain on June 19. Doctors at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital diagnosed the boy as suffering from myocarditis and

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Kaohsiung City in first place for electric bus deployment

Kaohsiung City has the the largest proportion of electric buses in its public bus fleet accounting for 19.5% of the total, according to a Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) press release today, June 24. The Kaohsiung City Government assisted bus operators to obtain subsidies from the national government in order to reduce sources of mobile pollution. There are currently 195 electric buses plying routes in the city. At 19.5% of the overall bus fleet, Kaohsiung City won first place

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Drunk driver hits and kills road worker, attempts to leave the scene of the accident

A road construction worker died after being hit by a drunk driver in New Taipei City in the early hours of this morning, and his fellow workers used their construction vehicles to block the way after the offending driver attempted to drive away from the scene of the accident. According to reports, at around 2:00 am a 29-year-old woman driving a BMW convertible from Taipei City to Tamsui District hit a 54-year-old traffic controller, named Fang, who was directing traffic

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8 family members dead after arson attack in Hsinchu City

Eight people are dead, including four children, after a man set fire to his family’s home in Hsinchu City last night, June 15. Hsinchu City Fire Department received reports of a fire at a residence and tire shop on Dongda Road shortly after 10:00 pm. Firefighters brought the blaze under control and the fire was fully extinguished at around 11:00 pm. Firefighters entered the building and found eight charred bodies in the second-floor residence. According to reports, among the dead

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Two suspects charged for killing, burying Formosan black bear

Two men have been charged on suspicion of shooting dead a bear, removing the satellite tracking collar, and burying the animal in an attempt to hide the evidence in a remote mountain district in Nantou County earlier this month. Forestry Bureau staff monitoring the bear’s movements via a satellite tracking device went searching for the animal after the signal disappeared on May 6 in the vicinity of the Wujie communitiy in Renai Township. After searching the area where the signal

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Dashcam captures driver fleeing seconds before landslide would have buried him alive

A dashcam video circulating on social media sites shows the moment a driver running back to his car and reversing to safety just seconds before the hillside collapses onto the spot where he had parked his car, today, May 16. Taiwan has seen many rockfalls and landslides after several days of heavy rain under the influence of a rainy season stationary front. At around 1:30 pm this afternoon, Monday, a man named Lin was driving on a backroad used by

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Victims, gunman in California church shooting were all Taiwanese

The victims and the gunman involved in a shooting incident at an Orange County, California church that left one man dead and 5 people injured were all Taiwanese, according to reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media. According to United Daily News, deputy director of Taiwan’s representative office (TECO) Los Angeles, Richard Lin, told Taiwan’s Central News Agency in a phone interview that police received a report of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church at 1:26 pm Sunday, May 15.

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Police fire warning shots after drunk driver crashes into café, resists arrest

Taichung City police fired two warning shots before arresting a drunk driver who crashed into a café while attempting to evade a roadside check this morning, May 15. Police on patrol in North District attempted to pull over a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of Wuquan Road and Gongyuan Road at 9:10 am. However, the driver refused to stop, and sped away from the police. In the interests of public safety, police did

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Grieving migrant worker forcefully restrained after escaping from quarantine hotel

A migrant worker was sprayed with pepper spray and restrained by police and paramedics after he jumped from the third floor of a quarantine hotel in Hualien County yesterday, after receiving news that his mother had died. According to reports, the 29-year-old Indonesian national had been staying in the quarantine hotel after testing positive for COVID-19, and was due to return to work today, May 10. However, on the morning of May 9, the man received news of his mothers

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Machine gun bullet from WWII air raid found lodged in Tainan City temple roof

Workers renovating a 186-year-old temple in Tainan City found a machine gun bullet lodged in the roof, and it is most likely a relic of US air raids at the end of World War Two, the Tainan Cultural Assets Protection Association says. The Cultural Assets Association said that the Shanxing Temple in Jiali District was founded in 1836. The exquisite clay sculpture and other construction methods, the traditional Fujian-style courtyard, and the Golden Tang Hall reflect the characteristics of the

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