Seven people were sent to hospital after a car slammed into the back of a broken down vehicle on the Zhongshan Freeway this morning, and it was just one of more than 5,500 cases of “failing to pay attention to traffic conditions in front of the vehicle” so far this year, the National Highway Police Bureau said.
The Chiayi County Fire Department dispatched a total of six vehicles, including four ambulances after receiving reports of the accident at 12:28 am at the 273.8 kilometer south mark in Shuishang Township.
According to reports, one car had broken down in a traffic lane and was stopped with hazard lights flashing when another vehicle slammed into it from behind.
Seven people were rushed to hospital, one after being cut out of the mangled wreck of one of the cars. Among the injured were and 8-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, and adults aged between 20 and 60. All the injured were conscious and no injuries were life-threatening.
The National Highway Police Bureau said that failure to pay attention to traffic conditions in front of the vehicle was the second among the top ten causes of accidents on the national highway, with 5,507 such incidents reported between January and October this year.
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