A businessman and his girlfriend died this morning after a high-speed crash in Taipei City that resulted in three buildings being damaged by fire. Identifying the deceased was a challenging task, as the bodies were burned beyond recognition, and the vehicle completely destroyed.
At around 1:30am, Jiang Ping-wei (江平暐), the 40 year-old fashion director of a clothing company, and his girlfriend Zheng Yi-xin (鄭宜欣), 37, were traveling at high speed on Nanjing East Road, Section 4, when the vehicle crashed head-on into a concrete traffic barrier protecting a bus stop.
The blue Porsche 911 flew into the air and landed on the sidewalk, under the awning of a clinic, where it burst into flames.
By the time firefighters arrived, the building, along with dozens of scooters parked in front of it, was ablaze. Twenty-five residents of the buildings were successfully evacuated, but three were trapped on the roof, and two were treated in hospital for injuries after being rescued.
After the fire was extinguished, at least one of the buildings had been completely destroyed, and a cafe, a supermarket, and other businesses had been damaged.
The bodies were so badly burned that even the gender of the deceased could not be determined. Investigators eventually located the license plates among the scattered wreckage and trace the owner’s younger brother to help identify the deceased.
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