Driver goes wrong way on elevated expressway: motorcyclist plunges to his death

A driver accidentally drove on an elevated expressway in the wrong direction, causing an accident that sent a motorcyclist plunging more than 20 meters to the ground in Taipei City late last night, January 25. According to reports, a 41-year-old woman, named Wu, was following instructions from a GPS navigation system when she crossed double-yellow lines on Huandong Boulevard in Neihu District, and drove onto an elevated section of road into oncoming traffic lanes. Dashcam footage from Wu’s car showed

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Chemical tanker accident causes 20km traffic jam

Traffic backed up as far as 20 kilometers, and National Highway 1 in Tainan City was blocked for around seven hours, after a chemical tanker carrying a highly volatile and toxic liquid was left stuck across the central traffic divider following a collision this morning, January 24. According to the National Highway Police Bureau, at around 6:30 am, a gravel truck merging into southbound traffic from an on ramp at the Tainan Interchange collided with a Formosa Plastics chemical tanker

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Taxi crash in Taichung City leaves 1 dead, 1 injured: suspected drunk driving

A taxi driver who died in a crash in Taichung City last night is suspected to have been drunk driving after post-mortem blood tests showed an alcohol level over the legal limit. Taichung City Fire Bureau received reports of a car accident on Dongda Road in Daya District at 11:43 pm. TCFB dispatched one fire truck, two ambulances and 9 personnel to the scene of the accident. Firefighters found the 30-year-old driver, named Wang, without vital signs and trapped in

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Cannabis grow ops busted in New Taipei City, Changhua City

Police from Taoyuan City launched raids in two separate municipalities, uncovering marijuana growing operations in New Taipei City and Changhua City, Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22. Police from Zhongli Branch of Taoyuan City Police Bureau coordinated with police from Shulin Branch of New Taipei City and Keelung Port Police Corps to conduct a pre-dawn raid on a house in Shulin District, New Taipei City yesterday, January 21. The raid uncovered 686 live cannabis plants, and 15 kilograms of

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Suspect fires at police during SWAT team raid: drug trafficking group arrested

A suspect fired at police before running out of ammunition and surrendering during a SWAT raid in southern Taiwan two days ago, Yunlin County police said at a press briefing today, January 21. Yunlin County Mayor Chang Li-shan commended police for cracking a major drugs and firearms case, and maintaining law and order in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holidays. The raid was a result of a months-long investigation after the Criminal Police Brigade of Yunlin County

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F-16 fighters back in the air after being grounded following crash

A sortie of four two-seater F-16V fighter jets took off from Chiayi Airforce Base this morning, marking a return to the air for F-16 fleet after being grounded for inspection following a crash January 11. The squadron was led by Major General Wei Zhaolin, in a morale-boosting return to combat readiness, Air Force Command said. All F-16’s, including standard and upgraded F-16V (BLOCK 20), in both single and two-seat configurations are now returned to flight service, AFC said. In the

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Drunk driver investigated for gun crimes after bullets found in vehicle

Police in Kaohsiung City are investigating a man on suspicion of firearms and weapons crimes after finding 28 bullets in his motor scooter’s under seat compartment following his arrest for drunk driving. Police on a routine patrol in Sinsing District pulled over a 64-year-old man named Hsu after spotting him crossing the stop line at a red light at the intersection of Zili 1st Road and Qixian 1st Road at around 9:20 am yesterday, January 19. Noticing that Hsu smelled

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Flight data recorder of crashed F-16 found

Taiwan’s Air Force Command announced this evening that the flight data recorder (black box) of an F-16V fighter that crashed into the sea on Taiwan’s west coast has been found. The single-seat fighter plane crashed into the sea close to the shore of the Aogu Wetlands in Dongshi Township, Chiayi County, during a training mission on Tuesday, January 11. A search and rescue mission turned into a salvage and recovery operation after it was confirmed that the 28-year-old pilot, Captain

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Hydrochloric acid spilled on freeway after tanker overturns

Firefighters sprayed water on the road surface to dilute hydrochloric acid that spilled from a tanker truck that overturned on National Highway 1 in Yunlin County today, January 17. Yunlin County Fire Department said that it received a report about an overturned chemical tanker in the northbound lanes of the freeway at the 241 kilometer mark at around 1:30 pm. Firefighters found the driver of the truck conscious and without serious injury. However, hydrochloric acid had leaked onto the road

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