British cyclist found without signs of life after falling from mountain road

A UK national was found without signs of life after crashing his bicycle and falling from the Central Cross Island Highway today, April 4.

The Hualien County Fire Department received a report at 9:00 am that a man had fallen from the road edge at the 160.9KM mark of the Hualien section of the highway.

The fire department dispatched rescue vehicles to the rescue. Rescue personnel reached the patient by ascending from the road at around the 164 kilometer mark at about 10 o’clock, according to KS News. However, the man had lost vital signs by the time rescuers located him. The man was sent to the Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital.

According to reports, the cyclist had hit the guardrail before falling of the edge, on a sharp bend in the road.

Media described the man as 62 years old, and a resident of Taiwan. The man was cycling with two British companions, traversing the route west to east, at the time of the accident.

Section of road where accident happened. Picture: Hualien Fire Bureau.

Sources for this report include: China Times, United Daily News, Liberty Times, KS News.

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