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. The accident happened shortly after 2:00pm.

According to United Daily News, three people were injured, including the driver, Mr Wu. The other injured were a 64 year-old man named Huang, who had just alighted from his car, and a 40 year-old woman who had just exited the bank. Although the injuries were described as minor, and not critical, Mr Huang, was kept in hospital for observation after suffering slight intracranial bleeding.

Police said that Mr Wu had a history of heart disease. Mr Wu said he didn’t remember what had happened. Investigations into the cause of the accident are continuing.

Just 5 days ago, a 70 year-old driver crashed into a sidewalk in Keelung City, seriously injuring a man whose legs were crushed against a concrete column.

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The driver had no recollection of the incident.

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